Russia Says It’s ‘Funny’ That U.S. Warned Against Using Ukraine in Talks on Syria Aid – By Michelle Nichols – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia’s U.N. envoy said on Friday he is willing to meet his U.S. counterpart to discuss aid deliveries into Syria from Turkey, but that it was “a bit funny” that she warned him about leveraging Russia’s war in Ukraine during talks on Syria.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Thursday she intended to meet Vassily Nebenzia soon to kick off the talks – expected to be contentious – and she will not let Moscow use Syria aid deliveries as a “bargaining chip” on Ukraine.