Russia dismisses claims of fueling Syrian conflict with attack helicopters (+video)
Responding to US accusations, Russia insists any weapons it provides to Syria are only used for self-defense and accused the US and others of arming the Syrian rebels.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended his country's ongoing arms sales to Syria today, but refused to specifically address allegations by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Moscow is providing the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with attack helicopters that might be used against rebels.
"We are not violating any international law in performing these contracts," Mr. Lavrov said during a press conference in Tehran, where he is consulting in advance of upcoming Moscow talks on Iran's nuclear program. "They [the United States] are providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government," he said, repeating Russian allegations that outside powers have been providing sophisticated weapons, including antitank missiles, to Syrian rebels.
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