Turkey pushing Russia to allow Syria crossing to stay open

Turkey says it wants the sole border crossing for aid into Syria to remain open, adding that it is holding talks at the UN Security Council to address Russia’s reluctance.

The Bab al-Hawa crossing from Turkey into Syria is slated to close July 10 unless it receives authorization to stay open for another year by the United Nations Security Council, where Russia wields veto power.

Russia, a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad, prefers to see the aid delivered from Damascus, arguing that the existing crossing is used to supply rebel fighters with arms.

Turkey has supported rebel fighters against Assad throughout the decade-long conflict and has a military presence in northern Syria.

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