Charity fund to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian people established in Moscow

Moscow, SANA A charity fund to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people has been established in the Russian capital of Moscow.

The establishment of the fund was announced in a special ceremony held Thursday evening with the attendance of members of the Syrian community and a number of Russian official and popular figures.

“Today Russia and Syria stand at the forefront of the struggle against the U.S arrogance and international terrorism,” said the fund’s founders, who include a number of Syrian expatriates living in Russia and some of their Russian friends.

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The fund, according to them, aim at backing the Syrian people and providing humanitarian supplies to needy people who have been forced to leave their houses or/and home areas and move to others to flee the acts of the terrorist organizations under the internationally-imposed terrorist war launched against their homeland.

Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow Riyad Haddad delivered a speech at the opening of the ceremony in which he hailed the positions which the Russian
leadership and people have taken towards Syria in the face of the terrorist assault that has ravaged it since 2011.

He noted that thanks to the friendly atmosphere amid which the Syrian expatriates are working in Russia, the establishment of this charity fund has
been made possible.

On Syria’s counterterrorism efforts, Haddad pointed out that his country is coordinating those efforts with its friends in Moscow, Tehran and Baghdad, highlighting that combating terrorism won’t work unless all countries abide by the international resolutions which provide for halting all forms of support to the terrorist organizations.

Among the high-ranking Russian figures who attended the ceremony were Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, First Deputy Foreign Minister
and former Chairman of the Soviet-Syrian Friendship Association Boris Pastukhov and Representative of the Russian-Syrian Economic Council Sergei Ostashin.

“Our love for Syria and its great people makes us share their suffering,” said Pastukhov, stressing that no effort will be spared to support this fund.

For his part, Ostashin said the aim of the fund is to prevent any economic blockade on Syria and avoid “economic collapse”.

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Speaking to SANA correspondent in Moscow, Ostashin noted that the external threats “have prompted us to look for an economic basis that is able to accommodate the Russian and Syrian capabilities” to provide Syria with the necessary materials, particularly food and medical items.

He pointed out that efforts are underway to implement Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision on developing cooperation between Syria and Russia so as to embark on supplying materials to Syria by the end of this year.

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