Moscow, September 26, Interfax - 20 churches were destroyed in Syrian Aleppo, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for UNESCO of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Russian-Syrian cooperation Alexander Dzasokhov said.
"It is a magnificent city in Syria that was famous not only for its renowned architecture and cultural sites, but it was a place where Christian aspect of this long-suffering nation has always been present. It suffers great destructions now. According to the recent data, 20 churches were destroyed there," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel.
Dzasokhov believes the future of humanity depends on the outcome of the Syrian question.
"I do not exaggerate. That is why the necessity to preserve Syria as a country with a lot of historical and exemplary things is the task not only for the persistent, courageous and worthy Syrian people, but all other peoples and states," he said.
Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion, who is the host of the program, said the tragedy in Syria was imposed from the outside, and religious and national minorities fell its first victims, as "when strong political power is eliminated, most unworthy, most monstrous elements of human society step forward, those who commit crimes, using religious slogans."
"We see how the countries of the Middle East, the first one, then the second one, then the third one, face events developing on the same scenario: the existing in these states regimens (we can argue about what kind of regimens they are, if they are democratic or not) are deposed with the help of the outside forces. Then it said: "They were deposed because the regimens were criminal, now there will be a democracy." But those who depose the existing regimens, do not want to bear responsibility for the consequences of their actions," the hierarch stressed.