A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming the West has been worsening the humanitarian situation in Syria, namely through sanctions and preventing the return of Syrian refugees. The claim was neither critically challenged nor counterbalanced in the article.
The EU and other Western countries decided not to attend the conference because it was deemed premature, since conditions inside Syria at present do not lend themselves to the promotion of large-scale voluntary return, in conditions of safety and dignity in line with international law. This situation has been confirmed by independent media reporting and UN organisations.
For example, UNHCR states that the conditions for a safe, voluntary and dignified return, as per international law, are not currently met. Eight years after the outbreak of the conflict, the situation in Syria is still critical, with millions of Syrians displaced and in need of protection and humanitarian assistance. The potential for violence remains high. The recent creation of the Constitutional Committee is a positive step but much remains to be done towards a sustainable resolution of the conflict.
In that sense, the EU reiterates that UN Security Council Resolution 2254 sets the framework for the comprehensive and sustainable political solution to the Syria conflict, addressing the underlying causes of the conflict and of the refugee and internal displacement crisis.
See similar cases that Syrian refugees cannot return due to the Western sanctions and that the EU and the West supported terrorism in Syria and now don't want to help the Syrian refugees to return.