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Moscow Renews Calls on UN To Lift Sanctions off Damascus

Moscow Renews Calls on UN To Lift Sanctions off Damascus

Wednesday, 3 June, 2020 - 06:30
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AP)
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Moscow called on the United Nations Tuesday for easing or lifting unilateral sanctions imposed on Damascus.

"Of special significance in this context is the implementation of the United Nations secretary general’s call for easing or lifting unilateral sanctions that hamper supplies of vital medicines and medical equipment that may cause shortages of articles of daily necessity and worsen the socio-economic situation in the country," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

The statement came following a phone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The two men tackled settling conflicts in Syria and Libya and combating the novel coronavirus infection.

The diplomats discussed in detail efforts of Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation and ensure a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone, stressing that there is no alternative to political settlement based on dialogue between Syrians.

Lavrov and Guterres noted the threat of increased terrorist activities in Syria amid the coronavirus pandemic and stressed the need "to ensure lasting security and stability in the country on the basis of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Lavrov reiterated Russia’s support to the work of the UN and its specialized institutions geared to coordinate member nations’ efforts to combat the pandemic and its socio-economic ramifications.

Concerning Libya, the ministry said Russia hopes for the soonest settlement of the issue of the UN mission to Libya amid the crisis in the country.

Lavrov asked Guterres to appoint a new envoy for Libya as soon as possible, taking into account the worsening situation in the conflict-hit country.

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