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Russian General Staff sends letter to Washington offering to rebuild Syria

The US reacted to the offer with skepticism
10:57, 5 August 2018

Reuters

Valery Gerasimov, Head of the General Staff of Russia sent a letter to the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major-General Joseph Dunford with offerings on the rebuild of Syria. Reads the memo of the US, as Reuters report. 

It is noted that the letter was sent on July 19. 

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Russia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a U.S. government memo. 

In particular, the Russian side claims that the Syrian Government doesn't have enough equipment, fuel and other attributes needed for the restoration of the country and hosting refugees, who will back home.  

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According to the information of the agency, Washington reacted to the Russian plan with skepticism. However, the US plans to support relevant incentives in case the Syrian conflict be resolved politically and elections will be held in the country under the supervision of the UN.  

The proposal illustrates how Russia, having helped turn the tide of the war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad, is now pressing Washington and others to aid the reconstruction of areas under his control. Such an effort would likely further cement Assad’s hold on power. 

Earlier, the Government Forces supported by Iran and Russia have almost regained control of the southwest of Syria. 

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