The Russian Defense Ministry has called on European countries to remove sanctions against Syria and allocate the funds that are currently spent on refugees in the EU member-states to Damascus, TASS reports.
"Syrian Minister for National Reconciliation Ali Haidar said that thousands of Syrians got in touch with his ministry, including from the European Union member-countries, from which they cannot return for financial reasons. The situation could change, if Europeans removed anti-Syrian sanctions and allocated those funds, which are currently spent on refugees in the countries of their temporary residence," Head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev said at a meeting of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters supervising the return of refugees to Syria.
He asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to prepare proposals to solve that problem. "It is necessary to explore the issue with the interested international organizations, including the United Nations," the general added.
According to Mizintsev, a positive trend has been observed in implementing Syria’s plan for refugees’ return to the places of their pre-war residence.
"We once again call on the leaders of all interested countries and international organizations to take an active part in providing comprehensive assistance to Syria," he said.
"Only by creating the necessary legal, economic, social and living conditions will the Syrian leadership be able to ensure the voluntary return of refugees to the country and the resumption of their normal, civilian life in their home country," Mizintsev concluded.