On May 19, at 15:00, the Valdai Discussion Club held an online discussion, titled “Combating COVID-19 in Conflict: The Syrian Experience”.
The largest global problem since the beginning of 2020 – COVID-19 – has placed states in a particularly vulnerable position in the territories where violent military conflicts continue, including Syria.
How different is Syria’s experience with coronavirus from those of other countries in the region? How critical are the role of sanctions and the oil embargo in the ability of the government and civil society to fight the epidemic? Can COVID-19 be a reason for reconciliation among the warring parties? What can Russia, foreign countries and international organisations do to help Syria? The participants of the round table answered these and other questions.