Belgium: Time for 'bold' decisions to help Syria and its people — Russian rep to EU

Journalist: «What should EU do when it comes to reconstructing Syria?» Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU: «Well, it's up for the EU to decide, you should ask them, of course. But I think the EU has been consistently making the point that it wants to raise its profile and I think it's a good opportunity now. Yes, I think that's [the absence of Syrian government... Еще representatives] a drawback of this conference.» Journalist: «What do you think?» Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU: «Well, I think it's a mistake, they should have been invited.» Journalist: «Why?» Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU: «Because, you know, we are talking about addressing the needs of the Syrian people. So, there should be someone representing the Syrian people.» Journalist: ''They are talking today about the political settlement of all of this. Do missile strikes help in this?» Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU: «Of course not! Missile strikes help nothing except for the functioning of the military production [process] which produces these missiles. It, of course throws back the political settlement as well as hampers any efforts to restore the country.» Journalist: «And the [Iranian nuclear] deal was signed by all?» Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU (Russian): «The deal was signed by all. And no one has so far given the European trio the authority to speak on behalf of the six.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Permanent Russian representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said it's «high time» for «bold decisions» to be taken to assist a peace settlement in Syria, in Brussels on Wednesday. Ahead of a joint EU-UN meeting on Syria, the Russian representative suggested it would be a good opportunity for the EU to «raise its profile» on the Syria issue. He also added that «it's not normal, it's not right» not to invite a Syrian government representative to the conference, since «it's necessary to see here those who represent the Syrian people» in order to address «the needs of the Syrian people.» Vladimir Chizhov also commented on reports of a possible revision to the Iran nuclear deal, saying that such a move would be premature. He added, «the deal was signed by all. And no one has so far given the European trio the authority to speak on behalf of the six.»

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