Russia is confident that it is impossible to achieve a lasting settlement in Syria
without solving the problem of Syrian refugees’ return, the EU should facilitate this
process, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told TASS.
“This issue continues to be topical. We talk to everyone without exception, not only to
Europeans but other countries too, which can play a role in that matter. Of course, it is
impossible to achieve a lasting settlement in Syria without solving the problem of
refugees’ return,” he stressed.
“We would like to think that Europeans who seek to relieve the migration pressure are
interested in that. This can only be achieved by helping to create conditions for
refugees’ return,” the senior diplomat noted.
According to Grushko, Brussels should address the issue of restoring the entire territory
of Syria rather than its parts. “The EU makes a huge mistake by saying that plans to
rebuild Syria will be carried out only on those territories, which are controlled by the
opposition. This is the wrong approach,” he pointed out. “We are certain that there
should be no exceptions here. We should talk about Syria as an integral state and solve
problems in such a manner.”.