Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Russia defends weapon delivery to Syria

Russia on Wednesday defended its supply of military equipment to Syria, saying it complies with international law.

"We've long been supplying weapons and military equipment to Syria, which is done under the existing bilateral contracts and in full conformity with international law," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

She added that there were Russian military specialists in Syria instructing local troops in using the supplied armaments.

According to Zakharova, Russia might consider extra "counter-terrorism aid" to Syria.

"If additional measures are required to boost anti-terrorism efforts, then, undoubtedly, these issues will be additionally considered, but exclusively on the basis of international law," she said in a press release.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claimed that Russia would continue sending humanitarian aid to Syria using alternative flight routes.

He made the remarks in response to the recent move of the Greek government, which closed its air space for Russian humanitarian cargo flights heading for Syria, obviously under US pressure.

Bulgaria on Tuesday also refused Russian flights to enter its air space on suspicion that the planes might carry military other than humanitarian cargoes.

"Some countries are deviating from, what I would call, their international duty, namely, the provision of air corridors to the aircraft involved in the settlement of humanitarian problems," Ryabkov said.

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  • The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Konstantinos Koutras, stated the following in response to journalists’ questions regarding reports of a supposed discomfort expressed to the Greek side concerning the issue of provision of flyover permission for Greek airspace to Russian state civil aircraft:

“Not only was discomfort or any other negative comment expressed to the Greek government by any side regarding the matter of granting flyover permission for Greek airspace, but, on the contrary, Greece’s handling of this issue was highly appreciated.”



  1. The White House said on Wednesday that it has "deep concerns" about reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to Syria, and is closely monitoring the situation...

    "Our bottom line is that we would welcome constructive Russian contributions to the counter-ISIL effort, but we've been clear that it would be unconscionable for any party, including the Russians, to provide any support to the Assad regime," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters.

    The White House has launched a review of options to help respond to the flood of Syrians fleeing the war-torn country, and Obama believes the United States has a moral responsibility to help address the refugee crisis, Schultz said.

  2. Moscou confirme la présence de militaires russes en Syrie...

    Lors d'une conférence de presse, le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov a confirmé la présence militaire russe en Syrie et a précisé qu'elle était liée à la livraison de matériel militaire et d'aide humanitaire.

    Le ministre des Affaires étrangères russe a précisé que les avions militaires russes en Syrie, qui font depuis récemment la une des médias partout dans le monde, contenaient de l'artillerie, des lance-grenades et des engins blindés, en vertu des contrats conclus bien auparavant, ainsi que de l'aide humanitaire.

    Selon la porte-parole du ministère russe des Affaires étrangères Maria Zakharova, les forces armées russes ont été déployées sur le territoire syrien, non pas pour participer aux opérations militaires, mais dans le but d'aider les militaires syriens. Ainsi, le rôle de la Russie en l'espèce est limité à donner des recommandations, selon elle............

  3. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia will take further steps on Syria if needed after admitting that his country’s “humanitarian” flights to Syria carry military equipment as well as humanitarian aid...

    Lavrov also said Russian military servicemen have been present in Syria for many years.

    His statements come after the United States and some European countries expressed growing concern over the cargo on the flights.

    Moscow has previously insisted in public that its flights to Syria are only humanitarian. Washington has put pressure on Greece and Bulgaria in recent days to deny Russia's requests to use their airspace for its Syria


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