MOSCOW - The Associated Press
Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian Ambassadors during their meeting in the Foreign Ministry, Moscow, on 09 July 2012. EPA Photo
A senior Russian
official says that Moscow is halting its weapons sales to Syrian authorities until the situation there calms down.
Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian
military and technical cooperation agency, told Russian
news agencies on the sidelines of the Farnborough airshow south-west off London that Russia
is not going to sign any new arms deals with Syria or send any more weapons.
He said that so far Russia
has been providing Syria’s army with spare parts and assistance in repairs of the weapons supplied earlier.
Syrian activists say that about 14,000 people have been killed in an uprising in the country since March 2011.
Dzirkaln said that Russia
does not sell helicopters or fighter planes to Syria.