|Friday, 15 June 2012 12:49|
BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Syria"s ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad, says that Moscow is not supplying Syria"s government with attack helicopters. It was the most specific denial yet from Moscow or Damascus of remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Riyad Haddad, Syria"s ambassador to Russia: "Those weapons are not prohibited by any sanctions. It does not contradict the international law, it does not contradict the U.N. Charter. Those weapons are pure air defence. Those are defensive weapons."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that Washington was worried Russia may be sending attack helicopters to Syria. She described as "patently untrue" Moscow"s argument that its arms transfers to Syria are unrelated to the conflict there.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said in Tehran that Russia is not delivering any weapons to Syria that could be used against peaceful demonstrators. Russia says it is fulfilling existing contracts for supplies of air defence systems, for use against external attacks.
Courtesy: Xinhua Net