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Russia Intends to Rebuild Syria's Economy After the War

  • Russia has concrete post-war economic plans
  • An actual friend to Syria - concerned with more than just instant gratification in screaming 'Assad must go' without an ounce of thought for the aftermath

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Originally Appeared at German Economic News. Translated by Susan Neumann.


The Russian government is preparing several projects for the purpose of rebuilding Syria. The Russian oil and gas industry expects energy contracts worth $1.6 billion. These plans show that President Putin's strategy in Syria is long-term.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian government has several projects in the works to rebuild the economy in Syria after the civil war ends. Rogozin told the broadcaster Rossiya24 that the reconstruction should begin as soon as the Syrian army, along with the help of the Russian Air Force, frees larger tracts of land from the threat of the terrorists. He believes that the terror of the Islamist militia IS could soon be "neutralized".

Syria is an important partner for Russia, due to the oil and gas production. Gissa Guchetl, the executive director of the Russian Union of Gas and Oil Industrialists said back in July, that Russia expected to resume energy contracts worth $ 1.6 billion. The project had been put on hold because of the war. Rogozin said Russia was a key partner of Syria in terms of economic cooperation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pursuing a long-term strategy in the Middle East, in which traditional ally Syria would play an important role. The Russians want to break Saudi Arabia’s dominance by forging new alliances with Iraq and Iran. According to the Russians, Saudi Arabia plays a destructive role; both economically and socially, through OPEC and its Wahhabi missionary activities.

Contrary to the Americans, the Russians have presented a political plan for the time after Assad. Considering the fact that this is the only concrete plan, there was an increasing indication at the Vienna Syria-Conference that the West might; albiet begrudgingly, agree to Putin’s plan. Russia considers France to be an ally and military partner.

The Russians have restrengthened their efforts. Moscow claims to have fired 18 cruise missiles against Syrian targets last Friday. The cruise missiles were launched from warships in the Caspian Sea on seven targets in the provinces of Raka, Idlib and Aleppo, reports Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to the Russian news agencies. "All targets have been destroyed," Shoigu said.

Russia has engaged in a series of bomb attacks in the Syrian conflict since September 30. Cruise missiles have already been used once since the beginning of October.

According to Shoigu, the latest attacks deployed 29 long-range bombers against positions of the jihadi militia Islamic State (IS). The use of long-range bombers began November 17. Shoigu said that the number of Russian combat aircraft stationed in the area controlled by Syrian government forces have increased to 69.

Russia started a three-day naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean on Saturday. According to Lebanon, that’s why Moscow had asked the Lebanese authorities to alter their flight paths accordingly.

Russia had asked that all flights from Beirut westwards be diverted away from the area where Mediterranean naval exercises would take place from Saturday to Monday, said the Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Seaiter. The Lebanese government is examining the request.


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