MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Sunday refuted The Financial Times’ allegations that Moscow is pressing the world powers to provide financing for Syria reconstruction.
In an interview with Russia’s NTV television channel, she said this article, alleging that Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said at a meeting with EU ambassador in Moscow that "tens of billions of dollars" would soon be needed for the reconstruction of Syria, will be posted in a special section dedicated to fake news on the foreign ministry’s official website on Monday.
As a matter of fact, she said, it was a routine meeting with the EU ambassadors. "No issues of financing or donor allocations were raised at that meeting," Zakharova stressed, adding that the Western media is literally flooded with unverified and unreliable information about Russia.
"As for, say, the U.S. mass media, Russia for then is a way and a tool of conducting domestic political struggle. If we speak about the European media, they need Russia to build new relations with the United States’ new administration, not to let it lose sight of Euro-Atlantic structures. So, they keep on saying they are at some forefront, even at a frontline," she said.
The Financial Times said on February 23 citing anonymous European diplomats that "Russia asks word power to pay for Syria reconstruction.".