Russia defends weapons sales to Syria, says US arming rebels
Published Wednesday 13/06/2012 (updated) 16/06/2012 10:58
Residents leave with their belongings for safer areas as clashes
take place between the Syrian army and armed groups in Homs
city June 13, 2012. (Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri)
DUBAI (Reuters) -- Russia's Foreign Minister defended his country's sale of arms to Syria and accused the United States of supplying rebels with weapons to fight against the government.
"We are not violating any international law in performing these contracts," said Sergei Lavrov, in response to a question about arms sales to Syria at a news conference in Tehran shown on Iranian state television.
"They (the United States) are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government," he said, speaking through an interpreter.