Russia accuses US of arming Syrian rebels

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PostWed Jun 13, 2012 5:13 pm » by Flecktarn


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria's rebels after Hillary Clinton said Moscow was supplying the Assad regime with "attack helicopters".

Russia was supplying "anti-air defence systems" to Damascus in a deal that "in no way violates international laws," Lavrov told a news conference during a brief visit to Iran.
"That contrasts with what the United States is doing with the opposition, which is providing arms to the Syrian opposition which are being used against the Syrian government," he said, in remarks translated from Russian into Farsi by an official interpreter.
It was the first time Moscow has directly pointed the finger at Washington. Previously, it had said unidentified "foreign powers" were arming Syria's opposition.
Lavrov's accusation followed a charge by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday that she had information Russia was sending to Syria "attack helicopters ... which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
Asked in Tehran about the helicopter allegation, Lavrov said only that Moscow was giving Damascus "conventional weapons" related to air defence and asserted that the deal complied with international law.

Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters last month that Moscow believed "it would be wrong to leave the Syrian government without the means for self-defence."
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said at the same news conference with Lavrov that Tehran and Moscow were "very close" on the Syria issue.
Western and Arab nations, he said, "are sending weapons to Syria and forces to Syria, and are not allowing the reforms promised by the Syrian president to be applied."
Reports in Iran allege that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States are arming Syria's rebels – termed "terrorists" by Damascus – while US officials claim Iran is giving arms and military advisers to Syria's regime.
Some observers fear the conflict, which the UN's chief peacekeeper agrees now resembles a civil war, could blow up into a struggle between forces helped by outside nations.
"There is a real risk of it sliding into a proxy war as certain states support the regime or 'the opposition'," one Western diplomat told AFP, speaking on condition on anonymity.
"The conflict in Syria certainly appears to be getting more brutal – and not just on one side," the diplomat warned.
Monitors say at least 14,100 people have been killed in the 15-month uprising against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia came under fierce criticism from Western and Arab countries for vetoing two UN Security Council resolutions that would have sanctioned Assad for his use of force.
Since then, it has sought to distance itself from Assad while continuing to support his regime. "We do not support any individual or government, we support the people of Syria," Lavrov said.
Moscow is now trying to organise an international conference on Syria that would include several nations with influence over the conflict, including Iran. The United States, Britain and France, though, object to Iran taking part.
"We want the support of all the players," Lavrov said.
"All sides in the conflict need to stop operations ... Any player with leverage should apply pressure to stop the violence and facilitate negotiations," he said.
Source: AFP

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PostSun Jun 17, 2012 5:53 pm » by *WillEase*


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Let's not forget that Russia has been arming Syria (and Iran) for years.
Iran stands to be a primary benefactor of a massive weapons deal between Russia and Syria. The agreement is that Moscow will sell fifty 96K6 Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled short-range gun and missile air-defense systems to Damascus, which in turn plans to sell at least 10 to Tehran.

Army-Technology.com reports that Russia’s Pantsyr-S1 close-in defense system is “designed to defend ground installations against a variety of weapons including both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions and unmanned air vehicles. It can also engage light-armoured ground targets.”

Why in the world does little Syria need forty high-tech defense systems? Western leaders need to seriously consider the implications of this purchase by Syria, a nation whose only major concern in the region is Israel. Two reasons immediately come to mind. First, Syria could seek to sell the systems to other nations like it sold 10 systems to Iran. Second, and far more concerning, evidence supports the idea that there is a broader plan for a regional conflict ruminating in the minds of Syria, Iran and their terrorist supporters. Is this the core reason some fifty high-tech Russian-made defense systems are about to be trucked into the Middle East? Either way, this deal should give pause to the posse of Western politicians entertaining the idea of engaging Syria in diplomatic relations.
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