Syria approves new trade agreements with Russia
Proposed in Damascus last September by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, the agreements include over 40 projects in various sectors – including energy, reconstruction of power stations and offshore oil extraction.
According to the bilateral agreement, Damascus and Moscow will barter trade fruits and vegetables in exchange for wheat and oil.
At the time, Borisov said the agreement would "outline a new framework for trade and economic ties between the two countries for the coming years" while providing relief from US sanctions, which he said were "strangling" the Syrian people.
After receiving the green light from Syria's regime, the agreements are expected to be ratified during the meeting of the joint bilateral committee to be held later this month, Al-Khaleej Al-Jadeed reported on Sunday.
Syria faces an unprecedented economic crisis after nine years of civil war and more recent western sanctions.
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Syria's Assad regime has received military, political and economic support from Russia since Moscow's intervention in 2015.
In return for its support, which helped Assad crush armed rebellion against him, Russia has acquired energy deals and oil exploration contracts in Syria.
Last week, the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade was cited by local media saying the country had a trade deficit of 5 billion euros in the past year.