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[Today's Prayer] Is the Syrian lifeline cut off... Russia likely to break UN aid delivery agreement


WSJ "Putin's move of 'bare-knuckle diplomacy', even breaking existing agreement amidst internal and external turmoil"

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on the 16th (local time) that Russia is trying to end an agreement with the United Nations to deliver aid to residents of rebel-held areas in Syria.

The WSJ quoted Western officials stating that Russia is preparing to end cooperation with the United Nations amid internal and external turmoil, including the war with Ukraine and the Wagner Group mercenary rebellion.


Russia refused to extend a resolution to supply relief goods to the Syrian people at a Security Council meeting held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the 11th.


Western countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, argued for a one-year extension, while Russia insisted on six-month. The six-month extension proposed by Russia was also rejected, with only Russia and China in favour.


In accordance with the resolution, the United Nations has been carrying out humanitarian aid missions since 2014, delivering relief items such as food, diapers, and blankets via land from Turkiye to northwestern Syria.

Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime has insisted that aid delivery to rebel-held areas be routed through the capital, Damascus, under government control.

The WSJ reported that Russia refused to extend the resolution and urged the United Nations to accept the Syrian government's claim, indicating that it had no intention of negotiating over the existing resolution.


If the transportation of relief goods through this passage is cut off, it would be devastating to the more than 4 million Syrians in rebel-held areas already suffering from the civil war that lasted 12 years since 2011 and the strong earthquake that occurred in February.

In particular, for hundreds of thousands of people living in tent villages relying on relief goods in the northwestern province of Idlib, it would equate to their lifelines being cut off.


In addition to blocking the United Nations' supply of Syrian aid, Russia has pressured the military government in Mali to withdraw UN peacekeepers from Mali, West Africa, and threatened to block the renewal of the Black Sea Grain Agreement, which opened Ukraine's maritime grain export route, engaging in ‘bare-knuckle diplomacy’ in recent weeks, WSJ pointed out.


Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council that can exercise veto power, and has been using it to pressure Western countries for decades.


Diplomats and analysts say, however, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently taken the unusual step of going further and scrapping existing agreements, such as the Syrian aid route and the Black Sea Grain Agreement.


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Source: Yonhap News


And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).
While you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:30,31).

Russia is trying to terminate an agreement with the United Nations to deliver aid to civilians in rebel-held areas in Syria.


If the transportation of relief goods through this passage is cut off, it would be devastating to the more than 4 million Syrians in rebel-held areas already suffering from the civil war that lasted 12 years since 2011 and the strong earthquake that occurred in February.


In particular, for hundreds of thousands of people living in tent villages relying on relief goods in the northwestern province of Idlib, it would equate to their lifelines being cut off. God, let the truth be powerfully and widely manifested in Syria suffering from 12 years of civil war that there is no other name under heaven given to us by which we can be saved.

Syria has only Jesus. There is no other way of salvation. Would You shine the bright light of salvation upon the Syrian souls who have lived for so long in darkness without knowing the truth.


In Syria, in the name of Jesus let sicknesses be healed, signs and wonders be performed, and the word of God be preached boldly through the crowd of people who believe in Jesus as they are filled with the Holy Spirit.


May the gospel be preached through Syria, the high priest nation of Arabs, to all nations to which they have been scattered!

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