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State Dept.: Russia and Iran still arming Bashar al-Assad

Posted By yihan On February 15, 2012 @ 11:00 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Josh Rogin
Foreign Policy [1]
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Russia and Iran are continuing to send arms to the Syrian regime that can be used against protesters, a top State Department official said today.

“Iran is resupplying Syria and through Syria has supplied weapons to Hezbollah,” said Tom Countryman, the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, at a Wednesday morning breakfast meeting of the Defense Writers Group in Washington.

Countryman’s bureau plays a major role in monitoring international compliance with nonproliferation and arms control rules. He declined to go into specifics on what arms Iran and Russia are giving the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but he confirmed that both countries are still supplying arms that can be used to attack civilians and opposition groups inside Syria, who are engaged in an increasingly bloody struggle with the government.

“We do not believe that Russian shipments of weapons to Syria are in the interests of Russia or Syria,” he said.

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[1] Foreign Policy: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/15/state_dept_russia_and_iran_still_arming_bashar_al_assad

[2] Syria: Russia lashes out at ‘obsession’ with toppling Bashar al-Assad: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-russia-lashes-out-at-obsession-with-toppling-bashar-al-assad.html

[3] Russia Renegs on Pledge to Stop Arming Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-renegs-on-pledge-to-stop-arming-syria.html

[4] Syria: Bashar al-Assad calls parliamentary election on May 7: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-bashar-al-assad-calls-parliamentary-election-on-may-7.html

[5] Bashar al-Assad, Syria, and the truth about chemical weapons: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bashar-al-assad-syria-and-the-truth-about-chemical-weapons.html

[6] Russia lifts nationals out of Syria. Moscow, Iran arm Assad for major armored push: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-lifts-nationals-out-of-syria-moscow-iran-arm-assad-for-major-armored-push.html

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