Moscow may support the Trump administration’s initiative to set ‘safe zones’ for refugees in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Monday, RT reported.
He added that the plan will require approval from the Syrian government and close cooperation with the United Nations.
RT’s article reads:
Lavrov said the American proposal to create secure areas for refugees within Syria was put forward in the context of migrant flows to the neighboring countries, the Middle East, as well as Europe, and “at the end of the day, the US.”
“If this is about the people who were forced to leave their homes by the conflict, […] getting their basic needs covered, […] then I think that the idea to create areas within Syria for those internally displaced could be discussed with the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees and other organizations,” he said.
The announcement followed the call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart which took place last weekend.
Last week, US President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon and State Department to develop a plan of creating a series of “safe zones” for refugees fleeing violence in the war-torn country.
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The White House says that Saudi Arabia also supports Trump’s initiative.
Trump asked the King of Saudi Arabia to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen and he agreed, the White House says pic.twitter.com/L5C9gwamww
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