UNITED NATIONS - A Russian cargo ship loaded with weapons is en route to
Syria and due to arrive at a Syrian port this weekend, Al Arabiya
television said in a report that Western diplomats in New York described
on Friday as credible.
Syria is one of Russia's top weapons customers. The United States and
European Union have suggested the UN Security Council should impose an
arms embargo and other UN sanctions on Syria for its 14-month assault on
a pro-democracy opposition determined to oust Syrian President Bashar
But Russia, with the support of fellow veto power China, has prevented
the council from imposing any UN sanctions on Syria and has refused to
halt arms sales to Damascus.
"Al Arabiya have learned that a Russian cargo ship carrying a large
amount of weapons plans to unload its cargo in the Syrian port of
Tartus," the broadcaster said on its website on Thursday.