Russians, Syrians gather in solidarity with quake-stricken Syria
Russians and Syrians gather in Moscow to collect financial and in-kind donations to send to Syrians affected by the earthquake.
Dozens of Russian citizens and members of the Syrian and Arab communities on Wednesday gathered in the courtyard of the Syrian Embassy in Moscow to express their solidarity with those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck northern Syria.
The gathering included a campaign to collect financial and in-kind donations to send to afflicted Syrians, as well as speeches delivered by the Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Bashar al-Jaafari, the head of the Russian Association for Solidarity with the Syrian People, Oleg Fomin, and the head of the People's Union party, Sergey Nikolaev.
The speakers emphasized the depth of the relations of friendship, solidarity, and cooperation between the Russian and Syrian peoples, pointing to the firmness and steadfastness exhibited by presidents Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in the face of the West's collective schemes.
Fomin indicated that two million rubles had been collected for those affected by the earthquake, adding that the bulk of this amount was used to buy medicines.
Dozens gathered around the #Syrian Embassy in #Moscow in solidarity with those affected by the devastating #earthquake that hit #Syria.— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) February 12, 2023
The vigil included donations campaigns for the affected areas in the disaster-stricken country. #SyriaEarthquake https://t.co/hSX1vPJ2Dg
On his part, Nikolaev said the earthquake was a huge catastrophe, underlining that in the face of such a challenge, Syria and Russia stand together.
"We are happy that our peoples, led by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, are fighting side by side for a more just world and for a new world order," he expressed.
The Russian Ministry of Defense sent a new shipment of humanitarian aid, loaded with more than 20 tonnes of food, medicine, clothes, blankets, and other necessary supplies, which were transported by a Russian Air Force plane to Syria.
It is noteworthy that Russia was among the first three countries to send Damascus rescue teams and planes loaded with the necessary equipment needed for the search and rescue operations, according to the General Director of the Syrian Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Basem Mansour.