Russia is completing deliveries of atmosphere invulnerability weapons to Syria underneath contracts resolved progressing and is not provision any arms that can be used opposite protesters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pronounced on Saturday.
Representatives of Human Rights First, a U.S.-based advocacy group, announced in late May that a Russian boat allegedly carrying weapons had docked during a Syrian pier of Tartus, that hosts a Russian naval base.
“We are not provision a Syrian supervision with arms that even an sensational imagination could suspect are being used opposite pacific protesters,” Lavrov said.
Syria is one of Russia’s vital weapons clients, and Moscow has opposite proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus.
“We are completing a doing of contracts sealed and pre-paid prolonged ago on deliveries of atmosphere invulnerability weapons that could be used usually if Syria is subjected to troops involvement from abroad. We are not delivering anything else,” Lavrov said.
Russia has granted Syria with Bastion coastal barb systems with Yakhont journey missiles and Buk surface-to-air barb systems underneath a agreement sealed in 2007.
The tip Russian diplomat pronounced that in contrariety to Moscow “our U.S. colleagues are provision countries of a Persian Gulf segment with a really form of arms that could be used opposite pacific demonstrators.”
Lavrov’s difference relate final week’s matter of President Vladimir Putin, who during a assembly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposite information that Russian arms granted to Syria competence be used opposite protesters.
According to UN estimates, about 10,000 people have been killed in Syria given a commencement of a renouned overthrow opposite President Bashar al-Assad in Mar 2011, that started with pacific protests though have given grown increasingly militarized.