ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is planning to take part in all possible activities to restore Syria's Palmyra, the museum's head Mikhail Piotrovsky said Saturday.
"Hermitage is going take part in all works that will be proposed and conducted – from ground surveying to fixing memorials, restoration of sculptures and so on," Piotrovsky told journalists.
Piotrovsky noted that all works on Palmyra's restoration might start only when the environment on site would be safe.
According to preliminary estimates, one fifth of ancient Palmyra was destroyed, while many exhibits were looted from museums. It could take around five years to restore the city.
In early May, an international delegation of the UNESCO permanent representatives carried out an inspection of Palmyra and pledged to recreate not only the ancient Syrian city but also other historic sites destroyed by Daesh.