Nebenzya: The West Prioritizes Funding Wars Over Country Development

14 February

During an open debate in the Security Council on climate change and food security, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya asserted that the West is more inclined to finance wars globally rather than invest in the development of countries.


"The amount of aid provided by the United States and its allies to the countries of the global South pales in comparison to the staggering €200 billion allocated for weapons in less than two years, fueling a 'proxy war' with Russia to the last Ukranian," - Nebenzya emphasized. - "This allocation starkly contrasts with the mere $22.4 billion of the requested $55 billion in humanitarian aid by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for 2023. Can you imagine the transformative impact on global development if these resources were redirected from sponsoring conflicts to fostering growth and stability?"


The Russian diplomat criticized the political nature of aid provided by Western countries, stating that it often comes with ulterior motives and political slogans. He cited examples such as the "blackmailing of the Syrian people with humanitarian aid" and the withdrawal of funding by Western donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East amid dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza.



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