The Russian military will be involved in the clearance of the ancient city of Palmyra. This issue was discussed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. About held a telephone conversation said the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports “Interfax”.
“Putin informed Bokova that, together with the Syrian military on behalf of the Supreme commander of the Russian contingent will participate in the clearing of this ancient city”, — said Peskov.
Putin also congratulated Bokova with the release of Palmyra. According to Peskov, in the near future UNESCO, Russia and Syria will try to assess the damage from the actions of militants in Russia banned terrorist organization “Islamic state”. In addition, representatives of international organizations and the two countries “will develop a plan to restore what is still repairable”.
Peskov added that Bokova thanked the Russian side for assistance and confirmed the willingness of UNESCO to work together.
About the liberation by the Syrian army Palmyra became known earlier in the morning. Old town is a UNESCO world heritage site. Palmyra was captured by terrorists in may 2015. During this time they destroyed the temples of Baal Shamin and Bel and funerary towers and triumphal arch, whose age was more than 1.8 thousand years. Fighting for Palmyra lasted several days, the army and the militias acted with the support of Russian aviation.
The head of the Syrian Department for the protection of the historical heritage of the Mamoun Abdelkarim had vowed that the Syrian government will restore Palmyra. He stressed that many elements of the ancient city are preserved, including the wall around the temple of Bel and the amphitheatre.
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has called the establishment of control over the city “an important achievement” and “a new proof of the efficiency” of the government army and its allies. Putin congratulated the Syrian leader with the capture of the ancient city.
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