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MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. A delegation of Russian and European Parliament lawmakers may visit the liberated city of Aleppo in case they travel to the Syrian Arab Republic once again, the head of the upper house’s international affairs committee said on Monday.
Speaking during a Moscow-Brussels video link on Syria’s future, Konstantin Kosachev said three legislators from the European Parliament, namely from Italy, Latvia and Estonia, and a group of Federation Council parliamentarians met with Syrian President Bashar Assad at the end of December and also visited Russia’s Hmeimim airbase.
Kosachev said the visit was productive, but "the only point that remained unrealized and on which colleagues from the European Parliament insisted was a visit to Aleppo".
"If and when we plan with our colleagues to once again visit Syria, now (after the city has been freed from terrorists) we will have an opportunity to also visit this long-suffering city," the legislator said at the video link that brought together participants in the trip to Syria. He also said Palmyra could be another destination to visit.
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko initiated regular video links on the Syrian settlement on February 15. The first one was timed to a second round of intra-Syrian consultations in the capital of Kazakhstan, linking on February 16 Moscow, Astana and Damascus.
During a second video link on March 1, parliamentarians from the Russian upper house had a discussion with their European Parliament colleagues.