Russian, Syrian officials to meet

Aug. 17, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Russian officials are to meet with a Syrian delegation about an agreement on Russian money and oil supplies to Syria, officials said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet with the Syrian delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil, Tuesday in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported.

This will be the second such meeting Moscow has hosted this month. At the first, the two countries reached the agreement, saying sanctions imposed on Syria by Western countries have had a negative effect on the country's economy, and Syrians have a particular need for oil and gas.

"These are illegal sanctions and Russia decided to help Syria in the current economic situation," Jamil said.

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