Russia would find alternative routes for delivering humanitarian aid to Syria, Ryabkov says

Moscow, SANA- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed Russia’s intention to continue offering humanitarian aid to Syria by using alternative routes instead of the Greek and Bulgarian airspaces.

Moscow would continue to supply humanitarian aid to Syria on alternative routes after Bulgaria and Greece closed their airspace for Russian aircrafts, Ryabkov said.

In an interview with Russian Tass News Agency on the sidelines of Russia Arms Expo 2015, Ryabkov said Russia will find alternative routes.

He expressed regret that some countries yielded to the US and NATO pressures through abandoning their international duties in providing air routes for the plans to do their duties in settling the humanitarian problems.

The international community has become aware about the humanitarian situation in Syria and the suffering of the Syrian people, Ryabkov said, asserting that hindering the practical steps to improve things at such situation along with issuing verbal statements showing concern is considered hypocrisy.

Russian MP: Russia could not be tolerant with the crimes committed by terrorists in Syria


In a relevant context, Chairman of defense committee in State Duma of the Russian Federation Vladimir Komoedov said that his country could not be indifferent towards what is happening in Syria and could not be tolerant with the crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations.

In a statement to the press on Tuesday, Komoedov condemned Bulgaria’s closure of its air space for Russian planes delivering humanitarian aid to Syria under false pretexts.

He accused Bulgaria of yielding to the US and its allies continued policy in restricting the move of Russia in all fields.

Earlier Monday, Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow is waiting for explanations from Sofia following the closure of the Bulgarian airspace before Russian transport planes carrying humanitarian aid to Syria.

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