Russia confirms its proposal to cooperate with Washington on the return of Syrian refugees

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The Russian army confirmed on Saturday that it sent a letter to the United States last month, including a proposal to cooperate in the reconstruction of Syria and the return of refugees to their country, confirming media reports in this regard. Russian Army Chief of Staff General Valery Girasimov sent a letter to US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Danford, in which he expressed Moscow’s readiness to cooperate with Washington in removing mines from the war-torn country and helping refugees return home. Russia expressed anger at the publication of the message by the media. “It is disappointing that the US side is unable to comply with an agreement not to publish the content of the communications until after both sides agree,” the defense ministry said in a statement. She added that Ghassimov’s letter was in part “about the willingness of the Russian side to work with the Syrian authorities to provide security guarantees for refugees in the Al-Rikban camp in the US-controlled Al-Tanf area and to create the conditions for their return to their areas.” Moscow has proposed to the two countries “coordinate” mine clearance, including from the city of Raqqa, and “address other priority humanitarian issues for a quick return to peace in Syria.” Moscow last week urged the Security Council to help revive the Syrian economy and return refugees. Last month, Moscow also submitted to the United States proposals on the return of refugees from Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, including international financial support.

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