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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul has released the following statement in response to Russia’s manipulation of humanitarian aid to Syria at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

“Today’s Security Council vote on cross-border aid is a disaster for the Syrian people. Russia is abusing its role on the Council to limit humanitarian aid in Syria and prop up the Assad regime, including by legitimizing reconstruction projects that will benefit Assad. Assad and Putin are driving the crisis in Syria through their war against the Syrian people – it makes no sense to give them veto power over the humanitarian response. I urge the Biden administration and like-minded donors to do everything possible to facilitate vital, life-saving humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people without allowing the Assad regime or its Russian backers to manipulate it for political gains.”