August 20, 2018 / 10:02 AM / 2 months ago

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria ploy to slow refugee return

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday a U.S. refusal to take part in the reconstruction of Syria was designed to impede the return of Syrian refugees to the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil in Moscow, Russia August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Lavrov said Washington was only interested in rebuilding parts of Syria where the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was active. Lavrov was speaking in Moscow following talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Andrew Osborn; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Toby Chopra

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