MOSCOW, August 13. /TASS/. Moscow is concerned over terrorists' incessant attempts in Syria to attack Russia's Hmeymim airbase with drones, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
"Terrorists have increased the number of shelling attacks on the positions of the government troops and nearby communities and are not ceasing provocations in the safety corridor along the M4 highway. In this situation, joint patrols of the highway have been temporarily halted," the Russian diplomat said.
"Also, special concern is caused by the continued attempts to attack Russia's Hmeymim base. According to incoming information, a new attack with three drones was repelled on August 10. It is obvious that durable stabilization in the Idlib de-escalation area can be achieved only by neutralizing the terrorists' hotbed there," Zakharova stressed.
The tense situation is also observed in Syria's northeast, which is further aggravated by protests of the Arab population in the area across the Euphrates River against the Kurdish authorities' actions and the US illegal presence. In particular, the local population's discontent is caused by the illegal extraction and smuggling of Syrian crude oil with the US support, the Russian diplomat pointed out.
"This concerns both the purposeful plunder of national natural resources belonging to Syrians and the disruption of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that state, and also creates threats to regional security. Notably, for the sake of trade in oil from the area across the Euphrates River, Washington has made an exemption from its own sanctions. These sanctions prohibit any operations with Syrian hydrocarbons. This is such a fantastic dualism," the spokeswoman said.
Speaking about the humanitarian aspect, the Russian diplomat noted that the repatriation of Syrian refugees from Lebanon had resumed and intensified. She stressed that over 2,000 refugees had returned to Syria from that country since the beginning of the month.
"In this regard, I would like once again to draw the international community's attention to the need to provide support to this process in order to cut the social and economic burden on receiving countries, among other things, especially amid the tragic events in neighboring Lebanon," she pointed out.
"On the political track, we expect members of the drafting commission of the Constitutional Committee to resume their work in Geneva from August 24 with the assistance of UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, if the epidemiological situation does not prevent this effort," the Russian diplomat said.