Russia is hoping that the UN Security Council will back its draft resolution of the UN Security Council on the introduction of humanitarian pauses in the conflict in Yemen to enable the evacuation of foreigners, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"I hope that our address, which, by the way, was backed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, will be approved," he told a press conference he gave with Madagascar's Foreign Minister Beatrice Atallah.
Lavrov said the UN Security Council has not considered Russia's initiative yet.
"Our partners in the Security Council have taken a pause to consider our request for a humanitarian break. Consultations are expected to be held today. We will see what the reaction will be," Lavrov said.
Lavrov said the absence of humanitarian pauses in the actions by the international coalition in Yemen complicates citizens' evacuation from Yemen.
He said such actions "involve considerable risk to aircraft ands their crews, and also to civilians who are being evacuated."
"We have daily contacts with our partners in Saudi Arabia, who help, although without the pause formally declared by the UN Security Council, to ensure the security of each [Russian] flight [evacuating citizens from Yemen]. It's done manually. But we are even talking with our Saudi partners about the possible ways of taking this situation from a military realm [to one of] negotiations," Lavrov said.
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