March 7, 2016 / 9:51 AM / 2 years ago

Russia offers access to its Syria bases to help deliver aid

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday it was ready to give access to its military bases in Syria for humanitarian aid deliveries.

An aid convoy of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent enters the Wafideen Camp, which is controlled by Syrian government forces, to deliver aid into the rebel-held besieged Douma neighborhood of Damascus, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said aid packages could be delivered and stored at its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus and transport planes carrying aid could land at its air base in Latakia.

He told a briefing shown on Russian state television that Russia was also ready to provide vehicles to deliver aid from its bases to areas in need.

On March 2, the ministry prepared a list of areas where it believed the aid was needed urgently and sent it to the United Nations.

The ministry said the cessation of hostilities in Syria was broadly holding despite what it described as some provocations and shootings.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by Dominic Evans

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