Hillary Clinton says the US has information that a delivery of Russian attack helicopters to Syria is imminent, saying 'such weapons will escalate the conflict quite dramatically.'
DigitalGlobe via the US Government/Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Russia Tuesday that it risks sending the Syrian conflict into a higher level of violence and volatility by continuing to arm the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with heavy weapons.
Specifically, the chief US diplomat said she had information indicating that Russia is about to deliver a fresh shipment of attack helicopters to Assad – something she suggested could have significant ramifications not just for Syria but for a region already on edge over the conflict.
“We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria,” Secretary Clinton told an audience at Washington’s Brookings Institution. Adding more of such weapons to the fight “will escalate the conflict quite dramatically,” she said.
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