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Russia ‘does not sell gunships to Syria’ – Lavrov

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Russia sells attack helicopters to Syria, Clinton says

 

Emerging from Teheran talks Wednesday with his hosting counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied reports that Russia has been selling attack helicopters to Syria.

He said Russia’s arms sales to that Middle East country are limited to air defence systems.

Mr Lavrov also warned that launching a Libya-style military intervention in Syria would cause the country to break up, which, in turn, would lead to a conflagration across the Greater Middle East area.

He said Russia’s policy towards Syria is aimed at protecting the Syrian people, rather than saving the Damascus regime.

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Jun 13, 2012.

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Russia sells attack helicopters to Syria, Clinton says

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused Russia of supplying the regime in Damascus with attack helicopters.

Speaking at a Washington conference, Mrs. Clinton expressed her concern over Russia’s alleged shipping helicopters to Syria as it could dramatically escalate the existing conflict.

Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland gave no comment as to the source of this information, while Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday he couldn’t confirm Clinton’s assertion.

He added, however, that the Assad regime was using attack helicopters against the opposition, although their origin is not clear.

When answering the question why the US wouldn’t block Russia’s shipments to Syria, Mr. Kirby pointed out that the Obama administration never placed an embargo on arms exports to Damascus.

Russia maintains that its arms shipments to Syria are not linked to the ongoing conflict in the region.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to pay an official visit to Iran to discuss, among others, the prospects of a Syria conference involving Tehran, a meeting the US has been very critical of.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed during his visit to Pakistan that Britain was not seeking foreign military intervention in Syria.
Efforts are for a peaceful transition, he said, adding that Syria shouldn’t be regarded as a second Libya.

Jun 13, 2012 09:47.

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Clinton: Russia is supplying helicopters to Syria

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed strong concern that Russia may be sending attack helicopters to strife-torn Syria.

Speaking at a forum in Washington on Tuesday, Clinton said the United States is concerned about new information that attack helicopters are on the way from Russia.

She said this would dramatically escalate the conflict.

Clinton also said the Russians claim that everything they supply to Syria is unrelated to the government’s internal actions. She said this is patently untrue.

A senior UN official in charge of peace-keeping operations said on Tuesday that the Syrian conflict has now escalated into a civil war.

A Syrian human rights group said the government forces were using helicopters in their indiscriminate attacks on the northern city of Idlib on Tuesday.

Jun. 13, 2012 – Updated 03:11 UTC (12:11 JST)

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