Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In July, Moscow announced a plan to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their home country from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Many Lebanese officials welcomed the proposal, which included the return of a possible 890,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon.However, it has remained on hold as other Lebanese political leaders have questioned Russia's intentions in assisting with the returns, as well as the initiative's funding and the prospects of cooperation among the international community to make it work.The international community has been reticent to encourage Syrian refugee returns until a political solution to the almost 8-year-old war there has been reached.
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