UN envoys slam Russia for selling weapons to Syria

January 24, 2012 23:35

UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and the United States sharply criticized Russia on Tuesday for supplying weapons to Syria, where government forces have killed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators over the last 10 months.

"We are concerned about the supply of weapons into Syria, whether sales to the government or illegal smuggling to the regime or opposition," Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the Security Council during a debate on the Middle East.

Without mentioning Russia by name, Lyall Grant cited a media interview in which a Russian official said his country's arms deliveries to Damascus had no effect on the situation there.

"We fundamentally disagree," he told the 15-nation council. "It is glaringly obvious that transferring weapons into a volatile and violent situation is irresponsible and will only fuel the bloodshed."

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