The urgency with which the West is willing to allocate money to the liberated Syrian city of Raqqa surprises the Russian Defense Ministry, noted official representative of the Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov on October 22, RIA Novosti reports.
In particular, he said, “No sooner had Raqqa started to recover from the bombardment of International Coalition than the top leaders from Washington, Paris, and Berlin started to make pledges regarding the urgent allocation of tens of millions of US dollars and euros to Raqqa. These millions should allegedly be allocated to the restoration of peaceful life in the city. We should welcome such responsiveness. But there are questions.”
At the same time, Igor Konashenkov noted that many times Russia vainly requested the West to send humanitarian aid to the cities liberated from terrorists in Syria. A list of cities and towns that are most in need was created. However, the West refused, said the representative of the Defense Ministry.
On October 20, 2017, Arab media informed that Arab-Kurdish alliance Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officially announced the liberation of Raqqa from terrorists. On October 21, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov welcomed the liberation of the city on behalf of Russia, saying that “What was achieved in Raqqa is a huge step forward”.
SDF was formed on October 10, 2015, and is part of the US-led coalition. At the same time, SDF belongs to the so-called “moderate opposition” fighting against the current Syrian President Assad’s government.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency