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Russian Science, Culture Center in Damascus suspends activities temporarily

September 06, 2013, 14:55 UTC+3
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Photo courtesy of Rossotrudnichestvo's press service

Photo courtesy of Rossotrudnichestvo's press service

MOSCOW, September 6 (Itar-Tass) - Activities of the Russian Science and Culture Center in Damascus were suspended in April but hopes remain for its reopening in quieter times, head of the Federal Agency for the CIS, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation Konstantin Kosachev said on Friday.

"The problem is that our centers have no diplomatic immunity. They are open for the population so they are easy targets for terrorist attacks," he said.

"Consulting with our foreign ministry and other departments, we decided in the spring to seal up the center   in Damascus to ensure its security,” Kosachev said. "The staff returned to Moscow but the center is not closed, it is conserved. There are just no operational activities. We hope the situation will calm down sooner or later, and our activities will resume there."

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