Russian Deputy Defence Minister, French Envoy Discuss Peace Efforts in Syria

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“On 12 April, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Alexander Fomin received Ambassador of the French Republic to Russia Sylvie-Agnes Bermann […] Fomin informed the French ambassador about the efforts made by Russia on the Syrian track”, the statement said.

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The ministry noted that an exchange of views on the current state and prospects for Russian-French cooperation also took place during the meeting.

Last week, French and Russian lawmakers also discussed Syria at a meeting. Marielle de Sarnez, the head of the committee on foreign affairs at the French National Assembly met Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian State Parliament’s International Affairs Committee.

Conflict has been tearing Syria apart since 2011. In 2015 Russia started a military operation in the war-torn nation to assist the Damascus government in its battle with Daesh and other armed groups. Two years later Syria finally announced victory over terrorists and now the focus has shifted to the political settlement, rebuilding and return of refugees.

Damascus is currently attempting to create normal conditions for repatriating some 5.6 million refugees who, according to the UN Refugee Agency, have fled to neighboring states.

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Russia has been assisting Damascus in the postwar reconstruction of the country and the repatriation of refugees, as well as being one of the guarantors of the ceasefire. The Russian military carries out regular humanitarian actions across Syria, delivering tonnes of food and supplies to local residents.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

© Sputnik / Natalia Seliverstova

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