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MOSCOW, August 27 (Itar-Tass) - A delegation of women's public organizations of Russia which visited Syria brought a first batch of baby food and various gifts for children who suffered as a result of military operations in Syria. During the visit which continued for a fortnight the Russian women met Syrian leaders, representatives of the public and the clergy.
The Russian delegation aimed to get a clear-cut picture of the developments in Syria and bring it to the knowledge of as many people as possible, Viktoria Medunina, a member of a religious foundation "The Spiritual Heritage of St.Paul the Apostle" told Itar-Tass upon her return from Damascus. "We are confident that Syria will overcome the crisis and emerge victorious thanks to the spirit of love, brotherly solidarity and family values which are domineering in the life of all the strata of the Syrian population," Medunina said.
The delegation of the Russian women met with Syrian children who lost their parents during the war. The baby food, substitutes for the breast milk, which are the most indispensable products in Syria now, have been turned over to medical establishments, Medunina said.
Russian army priest from the city of Pskov, Archpriest Oleg Teoru, visited a paratrooper unit of the Syrian army. The 69- year-old Russian priest was cordially welcomed by the Syrian servicemen.
The women's public organizations both in Russia and similar organizations in Syria condemn the civil war as a horrible international aggression which caused the most vulnerable groups of the population to suffer. It is a war of villains against children, women and old people," Medunina stressed. "It is a war against the history and culture of all the world civilization," the women of Russia and Syria said in a joint manifesto they adopted. The women of the two countries called to put an end to the bloodshed which brought immense sorrow to the entire population of Syria.
Russia continues to raise funds for the victims of the civil war in Syria which began in spring. The Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IPPO) has been raising funds to ensure ample supply of baby food and medications to Syria. As a result of the economic sanctions imposed by a number of Western countries Syria faces serious problems in supply of children under one year old with baby food, which under different pretexts is not allowed to sell to Syria, IPPO said.