Russia to offer Syria $327 million in free financial aid

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Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Russia has pledged Syria financial aid worth 240 million
euro (around 327 million dollars) this year to help run social programs, Russia’s
Kommersant newspaper cited a high-ranking official in Moscow.

“Syrian authorities are to receive 240 million euros worth of help this year, it is a
confirmed figure,” the source said. He added, the decision to throw Damascus a
lifeline came on Syria’s request.

According to the Kommersant, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an
order in late April for the state-run Development Bank to transfer an installment of
over 46 million euros (over 62.7 million dollars) to the Syrian government’s account.

“De facto, it is a debt-for-financial-aid transaction, which won’t require budget
allocations since we are talking about Syria’s debt payments to Russia that we
couldn’t receive due to the Syrian war. Now these funds, which are still in the Syrian
budget, will be spent on Syrian social projects,” the paper quoted its source as

The civil war in Syria broke out in 2011, following the unrest that swept the Arab
world three years ago, known as the Arab Spring. The war has since claimed up to
130,000 lives and laid waste to Syria’s social sector.

Source: Ria Novosti