Russia vows to continue Syria arms supply
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||13 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia vows to continue Syria arms supply, 13 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51276ed921.html [accessed 19 April 2014]|
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February 13, 2013
Russia's state arms exporter director Anatoly Isaikin
Russia's state arms exporter says Moscow is still delivering weapons to Syria and has no intention to stop, despite the country's civil war.
Rosoboronexport director Anatoly Isaikin told a news conference on February 13 that the deliveries included antimissile air-defense systems but nothing that could be used as offensive weapons such as planes, helicopters, or armored vehicles.
He added that the exports did not break international law or United Security Council resolutions.
Russia, Syria's main arms supplier, has been criticized by Western and Arab nations for continuing to support President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The UN estimates that the two-year-old conflict in Syria has killed nearly 70,000 people.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters