Belarus denies planning to sell weapons to Syria

By REUTERS
September 20, 2012 13:44

 
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MINSK - Belarus on Thursday denied trying to sell weapons to Syria and violating a UN Security Council resolution after the United States imposed sanctions on a Belarussian state-owned firm.

"All the accusations of the American side... have no basis and are untrue," Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh said.

"This is nothing more than an attempt to put pressure on Belarus for its open and principled stance in support of a peaceful resolution of Syria's internal conflict," Savinykh added.

Syria is embroiled in civil war with President Bashar Assad battling an insurgency that grew out of popular protests.

The US Treasury said on Wednesday it was designating Syria's Army Supply Bureau and Belarus-based weapons company Belvneshpromservice as contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

In March 2011, the Army Supply Bureau prepared to receive possible fuses for general purpose aerial bombs from Belvneshpromservice, according to the Treasury.

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