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Russian Arms Sales to Syria to Comply with UN Rules

RIA Novosti

15:17 24/04/2012

MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will not impose limitations on arms deliveries to Syria in addition to those established by the UN Security Council, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.

“We will meticulously honor all resolutions by the UN Security Council,” he said.

“If there are no limitations [by the UN] we will not impose additional limitations as we believe that it is important to have the reputation as a stable arms supplier.”

Russia previously said that it sold arms to Syria in accordance with existing contracts but these deliveries were not in contravention of any international agreements. Moscow also said the weapons were not being used against civilians. Russia supplies Syria with a variety of weapons including anti-ship and air-defense missiles, armored vehicles and aircraft.

Western nations and Israel have accused the Syrian authorities of violently suppressing the year-long protests taking place in the country against Assad's rule. He in turn has accused the West of supporting the protesters, who he says are al-Qaeda linked militants and army defectors.

More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad last March, according to the UN.

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