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June 17, 2014 AT 3:55 PM
Russia said on Tuesday it has gained Syrian approval to open four border crossings from Iraq, Jordan and Turkey to deliver aid to millions of people under a "far-reaching formula" proposed to U.N. Security Council members. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin declined to elaborate on the formula, but diplomats familiar with the plan said it involved using international monitors to inspect humanitarian aid convoys entering Syria. Churkin said Syria had accepted Moscow's plan to open the four border crossings named in the draft text and described Russia's cross-border aid proposal as an "elegant solution."