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Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian Ambassadors during their meeting in the Foreign Ministry, Moscow, on 09 July 2012.  EPA Photo

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.

July/09/2012

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Chris Green

7/11/2012 3:54:11 PM

Well said (or roared) The Lion - especially concerning Turkish Cypriots!

Blue Dotterel

7/9/2012 8:40:18 PM

So do you think NATO and the GCC will stop arming the terrorists? As far as the Syrians are concerned, they will keep on being killed by NATO's mercenaries.

The Lion

7/9/2012 6:47:14 PM

Therein is the tragedy of all Muslim nations with the exception of Turkiye, Azerbaycan, and Pakistan (I may be forgetting a few) and more than dozens of peoples who aren't afforded independence. The Persians and Alawites think that Russia is going to back them up when the going gets tough. They aren't. Turkiye is the only Muslim nation that gave the finger to christian imperialists (US or Russia/Soviet no differen) when it destroyed the Treaty of Sevres and when it saved the Turkish Cypriots.

mevlut erdem

7/9/2012 6:13:03 PM

Why the sudden change Russia? Maybe its getting to hot for you in Syria.

Brit in Turkey

7/9/2012 5:16:54 PM

A bit late for the dead.
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