US slams Russian arms sales to Syria

The US welcomed EU's move to lift its arms embargo on Syrian rebels, but denounced Russia's plans to deliver anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

US slams Russian arms sales to Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

The US welcomed Tuesday the European Union's move to lift its arms embargo on Syrian rebels, but denounced Russia's plans to deliver anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, dpa reported.

"We welcome the EU action," White House spokesman Jay Carney said, noting the US continued to evaluate its support for the opposition and to push for a political transition.

He condemned Russian arm sales, however, noting the US believes "that providing arms to the Assad regime does not bring us closer to the political transition that Syria deserves."

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the EU move provided more "flexibility" to countries wishing to help the Syrian rebels, and said aid to the opposition was fundamentally different than Russia's arms sales, calling them "people who are defending themselves in the face of an enormous onslaught and a despicable onslaught of violence."

US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said US supported the European Union's decision to ease an arms embargo on Syrian opposition.

Ventrell said they considered EU's decision positive in the aspect of showing to Assad regime the rising support to opponents. 

While it is ultimately an EU decision, we do support the easing of the EU arms embargo as a part of the international community's efforts to demonstrate its full support for the Syrian opposition, Ventrell said.

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