BERLIN - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia does not support any side in the Syrian conflict and denied it was shipping to Damascus weapons that could be used in a civil war.
Putin, speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also said the international community should continue to support former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan to end the bloodshed.
"We have a good, long-standing relationship with Syria, but we do not support any side from which the threat of a civil war may emerge," Putin said.
"I agree with Madame Chancellor (Merkel) that our common task is to prevent the situation from developing under such an unfavorable scenario. Today we are seeing the signs of an emerging civil war. It is extremely dangerous," he added.
"As for supplying weapons, Russia does not provide weapons that could be used in a civil conflict," Putin said.