Russia Sends 30 Planeloads of Relief Aid to Syria in Last 18 Months

Natalya Mihailova | 28 November 2014
SOCHI, Nov 27 (Bernama) -- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday said Russia dispatched 30 planeloads of humanitarian aid to Syria over the past 18 months, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported.
Russia Sends 30 Planeloads of Relief Aid to Syria in Last 18 Months

Relief aid was provided by the Russian government, Russian Orthodox Church, Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society and other civil society organisations and sent to Syria by the Emergencies Ministry.

Lavrov had earlier held talks with Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Sochi.

“Russia is keen to develop trade and economic cooperation with Syria as discussed during an inter-governmental commission meeting a month ago,” he told reporters.

The foreign minister added Russia supports the Syrian leadership in its efforts to ensure the rights of persecuted Christians.

“We believe it is of fundamental importance to ensure that the Middle East and Syria are maintained as states where people of all nationalities and faiths can live in fairness and security,” he said.

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