Russia will not sell Syria new weapons -official
‘We are concerned about the situation in Syria’:
RUSSIA: Russia will not supply new weapons to its Arab ally Syria
while fighting there continues, Moscow arms export officials said
Monday, while stressing that old contracts would be fulfilled.
“Russia like other countries is concerned about the situation in
Syria,” Russian agencies quoted Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, the deputy head of
the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, as saying.
“We are not talking about new deliveries of new weapons to this
country,” the Russian official said at the Farnborough Airshow. “Until
the situation stabilises, no shipments of new weapons will be made.”
Russia has long argued it has only been fulfilling existing contracts
with Syria and is not supplying any of its most modern equipment under
deals signed since the conflict began in March 2011.
Some of Russia's military enterprises are still conducting their own
negotiations with Syria and strike deals that have, according to news
reports, not been fulfilled up to this point.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said:
“Obviously, if it were true, it would be a good sign but we are still
seeking further clarification from the Russians.” “We have repeatedly
raised our concerns with the Russian government at a variety of levels.
We have expressed our belief that continued arms sales to the regime
will only further throw flames on the fire,” he added. AFP