Strong Economic Relations between Syria and Russia Strengthen Peoples of Both Countries Against West's Hostile Policies

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that the Syrian-Russian economic relations are a main source of strength for the peoples of the two countries in the face of the policies of some western states that seek breaking the will of the peoples of other countries, which refuse to subjugate to the West's dictates, by launching wars or imposing sanctions on the citizens of these countries.

 President Al-Assad made the remarks during his meeting  on Thursday with a Russian government delegation, led by Yury Borisov, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Russian side in the Russian-Syrian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. The meeting focused on bilateral relations and continuous work to boost ties in different domains, mainly economy.

President Al-Assad Affirmed the need to invest the meetings of the Inter-Governmental Commission to draw up long-term plans for strong economic relations that can be achieved through taking strategic cooperation steps and carrying out key investment projects that contribute to improving the economic situation in Syria and support the Russian economy at the same time, particularly in the light of the joint victories achieved over terrorism and the restoration of security and stability to most Syrian territories.

On his part, Borisov stressed Russia's Keenness on enhancing cooperation with Syria in different fields in order to effectively contribute to reconstructing the Syrian economy.

"Military cooperation between the Russian and Syrian armies has resulted in weakening terrorism in Syria and now the joint efforts will succeed in re-launching the Syrian economy and rebuilding infrastructure in different sectors," he made it clear.

Members of the delegation affirmed that in parallel with victories over terrorism and progress in the political process, Russia is relentlessly working as to create suitable circumstances for supporting the Syrian economy and it counts on joint efforts to eliminate obstacles that hinder achieving this goal.

During the meeting, the projects and agreements scheduled to be signed during the meetings of the Inter-Governmental Commission were reviewed.

Viewpoints were identical  as regards the fact that despite the increase in the volume of trade exchange between the two countries by about 27% this year compared to last year, horizons are available to double the volume of trade exchange, particularly as tens of Russian companies are willing to enter the Syrian market.

Hamda Mustafa