Topic: Protests in Syria
TEHRAN/MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti)
- U.S. Senator Challenges Pentagon over Russian Arms to Syria
- U.S. Says Russia Supplying Syria with Combat Helicopters
- Russia’s Rosoboronexport to Continue Arms Supplies to Syria
- UN Observers Concerned over Syria Violence Escalation
- Lavrov to Discuss Global Conference on Syria with Iran
Russia dismissed on Wednesday claims by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that it was selling attack helicopters to Syria and accused the United States of arming rebels fighting against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We are completing right now the implementation of contracts that were signed and paid for a long time ago,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks in the Iranian capital of Tehran. “All these contracts concern exclusively anti-aircraft defense.”
“We are not delivering to Syria, or anywhere else, items that could be used against peaceful demonstrators,” Lavrov went on. “In this we differ from the United States, which regularly delivers riot control equipment to the region, including a recent delivery to a Persian Gulf country. But for some reason the Americans consider this to be fine."
And Lavrov, speaking on Iranian state television, also said the United States was "providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government."
Russia's top diplomat's comments came a day after Clinton told a forum in Washington that Moscow’s repeated assurances that the arms it supplies to Syria could not be used to attack protesters in the Middle East country were “patently untrue.”
"We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria,” she added, without giving further details.
Clinton also warned that such supplies would “escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
"We know that the Assad regime is using helicopter gunships against their own people," Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said later. He also said, however, that he had no information on a new shipment of attack helicopters from Russia to Syria.
Syria is one of Russia’s major weapons clients, and Moscow has opposed proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus, saying this would give rebel forces an unfair advantage in the conflict.
Russia – along with China – has also twice vetoed UN resolutions against Damascus over what it says is a pro-rebel bias. Moscow has, however, fully backed UN envoy Kofi Annan’s faltering peace plan for Syria.
And Lavrov repeated again on Wednesday Moscow's assertion that its stance was not based on support for Assad, who rules Russia's sole remaining ally in the Arab world.
"Our position is not based on support for Bashar al-Assad or anyone else," he said. "We do not want to see Syria disintegrate."
Russian military experts suggested on Tuesday that Moscow may be repairing earlier-supplied helicopters for Syria, rather than providing Damascus with new models.
“There were large-scale deliveries of attack helicopters to Syria in the Soviet era,” said Andrei Frolov, editor of the Arms Exports research journal. “The last deliveries of Russian helicopters took place at the start of the 1990s.”
“There is no information about new contracts for the delivery of attack helicopters,” he went on. “This might be a case of the repair or possible modernization of earlier delivered machines.”
The editor of the Moscow Defense journal, Mikhail Barabanov, said the helicopters possibly being repaired in Russia might be Soviet-era “Mi-24 or Mi-17” models.
Clinton was answering a question on the Pentagon’s purchase of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military ahead of a pull-out by U.S. troops.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this week calling Rosoboronexport "an enabler of mass murder in Syria” and called for sanctions against the company.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said Washington “understood” Cornyn’s concerns, but said the helicopters involved were the best option to allow Afghan forces to “take on their own fights inside their own country."
The UN says at least 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011, but is unable to update its figures. Syrian activists say the true number of those killed is at least 13,000.
But Syria hit out on Wednesday at comments by U.N.'s peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, who said the crisis in the country had now descended into “civil war.”
The Syria Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its forces were fighting armed groups responsible for "killings, kidnappings and other terrorist acts."
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- wanklordNaval base of Tartus20:39, 13/06/2012The Russian Federation won't allow in Syria the establishment of a regime that denies them the use and control of the naval base in Tartus, period.
- Sirko Permanent Fleet in the Mediterranean23:26, 13/06/2012Also they need to propagate lie, after lie, after lie and call it bullshit 'freedom' and 'democracy'.
But most of all what they need to do is learn how to be blood sucking imperialist like the Americans with their dirty fingers in every country's internal affairs...
- SirkoAmerican Imperialism is Fascism23:31, 13/06/2012In Political Science the definition of Fascism is the rule by the corporate state through proxies in government. This of course leads to imperialism.
Fascism is not simply the domain of Hitler.
American regimes from the inception have been expansionist and imperialists. For example the main cause of the revolutionary war with Britain was not the bullshit, "...no taxation without representation..." rather the dissatisfaction with the policies of George III of England. The passing of the Proclamation act of 1763 which forbade any settlement west of the Appalachian line (..a line down the centre of the Appalachian Mountains..) upset the greedy colonists for they had already flooded over and began to extirpate the natives. Britain wanted a gradual process of expansion with the creation of tribal lands for the dominant tribes who had helped her in the defeat of the French. The greedy, racist, future Americans were unhappy with this and hence the revolution in which they would never have succeeded without the aid of the French who in doing so bankrupt their country and led to the French Revolution 1789 some fourteen years after the American Revolution of 1776. Further example without mentioning the lands taken from Mexico is that they twice invaded Upper and Lower Canada, once during the Revolutionary War and once during the War of 1812 in North America.
"God has given us the power and the will. We are to blame if we do not use it...!!!" Henry Clay the leader of the War Hawk party of 1812. He and John C. Calhoun formulated the policy of "Manifest Destiny" ...The destiny of the U.S. to rule the world...!!!
After the end of WW II the U.S. under the fascist and Nazi sympathizer Truman and his regime completely subverted and changed the policies of the Great FDR (Roosevelt) importing many thousands of Eastern European German Nazis and collaborators who fled the Red onslaught, Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Latvians, Hungarians, Romanians, Croatians...etc. etc. etc.. Many german scientists and covert operatives working for the U.S. against Russia. (Dig up and read the Odessa Files). These fascist greatly impacted the foreign policy of the U.S. which led to the witch hunts of the McCarthy era and created a Rusophobia which is still being exploited to this day by blood stained 'bitches' like Hitlery Clinton and the rest such as G.W. Bush. Bush's grandfather Herbert was an open supporter of Hitler till it became unfashionable with the entrance of the U.S. into the war by FDR.
Since the ultra rat fascist Reagan U.S. foreign policy has further degenerated, being led by monsters pandering to American Zionists.
No other modern major power can even come close to the record of the U.S. in interference, manipulation, subversion and invasion of sovereign states.
Simply Google 'American Intervention'.....And hold your breath...
- PeterPumpkinEaterRussian anti-semites02:00, 15/06/2012Clearly, you can't believe that the Soviet Union was a great place to live and a great way of government!?!? Only if you were on the special "list" of those in power would you be happy about those times, Putin would love to see them return. Lines for bread, lack of opporunity and choice. As an American, I agree that my government may get a bit too involved in the affairs of others, and I am sick of giving money to people who hate me as a Christian. As far as this Syrian thing goes: This isn't bright, and to be honest with you Russia, the US, and China need to stay out of it. This is their civil war, let them go at it.
- living069Hypocricy anyone?10:38, 14/06/2012so it's o.k for america to arm israel to the hilt with weapons that have killed hundreds of thousand of palestinians is it? freaking america/zionist hypocrites.
- SirkoYou've been eating too many pumpkins...!!!07:55, 15/06/2012If it was not for Russia how many of you phoney Jews would be left alive? One to put in the Berlin museum. Also, you apparently are a typical brainwashed American, for if you know anything other than the crap your fascist mainstream media feeds you on a daily basis you would know that the state of Israel was founded by Russian Jews, whose ancestors lived on Russian soil and were nurtured like all others for eons. Russian Jews are not Semites they are descended from a great Steppe horse culture, the Khasars who were converted to Judaism in the tenth century.
I do not know who is the bigot! Perhaps, it is someone who responds with a bigoted statement.."Jew hating Russians" as a rebuttal to people discussing the issues in the Mid East with facts. It is a well know fact that regimes in Israel are controlled by American and European Zionists. The overwhelming majority of Jews in the world could care less about building a Zionist empire in the Mid East. Zionism is a concoction of American Jews in cahoots with the Rothschilds.
Hence, any sentient and reasonable being would agree that the posts above condemning the Americans for their hypocrisy are dead on. The people of the world are not stupid. The UN Assembly has condemned the Israeli regimes hundreds of times for atrocities but the Zionist controlled Americans have vetoed every resolution. It is a well known fact that Israel has many nuclear weapons given to it by the Americans. Why is it that not one word is mentioned about that arsenal? Where are the UN inspectors? Why is it that when the Israelis unleash a modern army dropping white phosphorous on women and children in Gaza City who have been blocked off and living like vermin the Rats in the West say nothing about those atrocities? Why is it that a people who were the indigenous population of Palestine have been displaced and pushed off into concentration camps such as the Jenine camp for over sixty years the rats in the west say nothing? Gaza City itself is nothing more than a concentration camp. Why is it that when the Israelis commit piracy and murder on the high seas not one word of condemnation is heard from the rats in the U.S.? One could go on 'ad infinitum'.
Of course as soon as the truth is spoken and it hurts those with a secret agenda the cry immediately goes up..."ANTISEMITISM! ANTISEMITISM!"....No you stupid ass the Arabs are the Semites. The majority of European Jews are not especially those from Russia and Poland...
Here is some more American Zionist propaganda. The Arabs are terrorist but the Jews are not. They are democrats who live in an apartheid system based on one religion. Could you give me an example in all of history of a country which bases citizenship on a religion? Also what the Hell were Bengurion and Golda if not terrorists?
I could care less about Semites or Anti-Semites. I am simply a lover of the truth and the truth is an hard deer to hunt and harder to eat when you have caught it.
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