MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The critical situation in Syria’s refugee camp Rukban creates prerequisites for the emergence of a quasi-state beyond the control of the country’s legitimate authorities, the deputy chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, Lieutenant-General Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov said on Wednesday.
"The main problem in the US-controlled territory, including the refugee camp Rukban, is the situation there is critical. We believe it is a result of the US stance, including the refusal to cooperate with Russia in efforts to eliminate the camp, which runs counter to Washington’s professed commitment to supporting Syria’s territorial integrity and also creates pre-requisites for the emergence of a quasi-state beyond the control of the country’s central authorities," Gadzhimagomedov told the 8th Moscow International Security Conference.
In his opinion in the current situation, where large-scale combat operations in Syria have been terminated, number one task is to address humanitarian problems and put life back on the peace track.
"We have launched a campaign for promoting the return of Syrian refugees to where they had resided before the conflict," Gadzhimagomedov said.
The refugee camp Rukban emerged on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Amman closed the border for security reasons. The neighboring area is under the control of illegal armed groups. The humanitarian situation in the camp is grave.
The 8th Moscow International Security Conference is being held on April 23-25. Its agenda reflects the most significant problems that emerge in shaping opinions of international security. There will be an exchange of views on modern military risks and threats, including measures to improve the system arms control. The participants are also discussing situations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Taking part in it are 35 defense ministers and more than 1,000 experts from 100 countries.