More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict. Photograph: (AFP)
The Marshall Plan was an American initiative to aid Western Europe in which the US gave $12 billion in economic support after World War II
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday a Marshall plan was needed for Syria, similar to a Western agreement to help post-war Germany.
Speaking after talks with his Syrian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow, Lavrov said unlawful sanctions against Syria would harm its civilian population and there was no alternative to a political solution to the country's civil war.