During a UN Security Council meeting, Nebenzya pointed to the "bureaucratic excuse" of Washington and Brussels, claiming that "the reason is the same as with fertilizer for Syria: it is a 'dual-purpose' product."
"Despite the so-called humanitarian exemptions, it is impossible to send heavy construction vehicles to Syria, which are extremely necessary for clearing the rubble in the ruined areas of the government-controlled territories," the Russian Permanent Representative said.
The diplomat called on the UN Secretariat "not to cover up for Washington and Brussels," noting that "the effect of reinsurance in the banking sphere, which undermines the efforts of humanitarian organizations, has also gone nowhere."
UN Rep Vasily Nebenzya accused "The West" to use sanctions as an excuse to prevent shipments to Syria necessary for clearing debris in regions affected by the earthquake. He said Foreign companies refuse to listen to the UN, and asked UN to not "cover for Washington and Brussels"