6 March 2013, 16:34

Russia concerned about US plan to arm Syrian rebels - Lukashevich

Russia concerned about US plan to arm Syrian rebels - Lukashevich

Moscow is concerned about possible US aid to the opponents of the Syrian president, including arms supplies to the moderate Syrian opposition, Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa reports.

"Certainly, we are concerned, especially about the public statements on the intention of the U.S. administration and some other Western partners to encourage : Syrian opposition groups with arms supply," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a Wednesday press briefing in Moscow.

"This is absolutely not what is needed now," the Russian diplomat said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this week that the international community should help moderate opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He also said that the moderate Syrian opposition should be supplied with armaments.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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