ROC: the mission of religious figures of Russia in Syria is out of policy

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotoannunci interfaith delegation of religious leaders from Russia during the distribution of humanitarian aid in a camp for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in LebanonROC: the mission of religious figures of Russia in Syria is out of policy© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

. Humanitarian action, during which Syria had delivered to the load, assembled by Russian believers, is not part of the policy of the Russian Federation in the country, said at a press conference in MIA «Russia today» representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Protestants.

Interfaith delegation of the Working group of the Council for cooperation with religious associations under the President of the Russian Federation from 3 to 9 February called for Syria and Lebanon, where he was taken the unprecedented volumes batch of humanitarian aid, funds for which were collected by Russian believers. A weight of 77 tons distributed to the needy in Damascus and Aleppo, as well as in a refugee camp in the Bekaa valley on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

«We understand that Syria is today the place where global policy is decided… Despite all this, we, as people of faith, are outside of politics. We are ready to help all who are suffering there. Our position has not changed: the policy may be engaged policy. We are doing a good deed, a humanitarian mission,» said national Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Pentecostals), Sergei Ryakhovsky.

Agrees with him, the Secretary for inter-Christian relations of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), who heads the delegation. He noted that the Syrian mission of the Russian clergy did not try to translate the political dimension.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobiennale Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Roshi Pentecostal) Sergey Ryakhovsky while distributing humanitarian aid in a camp for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in LebanonROC: the mission of religious figures of Russia in Syria is out of policy© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobiennale Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Roshi Pentecostal) Sergey Ryakhovsky while distributing humanitarian aid in a camp for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon

«We felt that the Syrian spiritual leaders also barred from political issues and try to jointly help the people of Syria,» he added.

THE UNITY OF THE PEOPLE

Meanwhile, the members of the delegation expressed their views on how Syria out of the crisis. According to the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Russian Muslims mufti Albir Krganov, the Syrian people should determine their destiny without any outside interference. In doing so, they help the religious leaders who «are at the forefront.»

«Our position is that the Syrian Arab Republic should remain United and not kill people. And should not be external interference,» he said.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotoannunci interfaith delegation of religious leaders from Russia during the distribution of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in the Greek-Catholic Church in the Lebanese city of ZakhiaROC: the mission of religious figures of Russia in Syria is out of policy© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotoannunci interfaith delegation of religious leaders from Russia during the distribution of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in the Greek-Catholic Church in the Lebanese city of Zakhia

In this way, the unity of the Syrian people – and held a humanitarian action of the Russian clergy, noticed in his turn, the vicar of the head Novonakhichevan diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archimandrite Poghos Vardanyan.

«We have given this assistance despite the nationality and religion of all who need it. Because we saw that there killing our brothers, there is war,» he said.

«QUALITY GOODS»

The participants of the press conference recalled that the humanitarian goods were sent from Russia to Syria back in 2011, when the conflict there is only inflamed. This work from the beginning, according to them, are the Russian Orthodox Church and the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society (IOPS). However, this time delivered to Syria, the cargo was record-breaking in its scale, said the head of the IOPS Moscow office Sergei Baidakov.

«The cargo was very high quality, because our colleagues and friends in Syria said that everything was carefully selected, it was exactly what the Syrians,» he said.

As told by hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), the weight of each box was 25 kilos inside a food package, collected, according to Igumnov, according to the urgent needs of the people of Syria. «Thanks to everyone for the fact that fundraising is actually not the most difficult task… Much more difficult in conditions of war this assistance to deliver and the right to assign, because it is not a secret that in military terms there are abuses with the distribution of aid, and not always it reaches the desired destination,» said Igumnov.

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He added that the humanitarian aid was distributed among those people who «lived in other regions of Syria and are now in Damascus» — they have no home, no food and «forced to live entirely» on humanitarian assistance. «They are in Damascus, as we were told today about 500 thousand», — said the monk.

In turn, the mufti of the Tyumen region Ildar Ziganshin noted that many Muslims responded to the call to raise funds for Syrians. He stressed that the action was attended by both Christians and Muslims. «The Muslims of Russia are grateful to the initiative of the Russian Orthodox Church» — said the mufti.

The working group of the Council for cooperation with religious associations under the President of the Russian Federation was established in April last year at the initiative of the Russian Orthodox Church and has already successfully implemented two campaigns to collect and send humanitarian aid to Syria: in June and August 2017, the corresponding goods were delivered to the North of the country in liberated Aleppo, Latakia, Qamishli (in the words Igumnov, for the first time) and in the district of HOMS. In the party of humanitarian aid included several tons of food and medicines.

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