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Energy company touts oil-for-food scheme as Syrian aid route tightens

With Syria's sole remaining route for cross-border aid in peril, a London-based oil company is lobbying for an initiative that would see the proceeds of Syrian oil being used for aid, with the money going to the UN rather than Damascus.
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LONDON/AMMAN — Russia vetoed a UN security resolution on Friday that would have extended the sole remaining route for cross-border aid to Syria by a year, putting millions of Syrians at further risk of famine and disease. The veto is likely to have been prompted in part by retaliatory spite over crushing US and EU sanctions on Russia, as Syria grapples with a prolonged killer drought and the world with dwindling grain supplies because of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The UN says that Syrians who lack access to sufficient food stand at a record 12.4 million.

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