Russia set to arm Syrian government

  • Russia is to provide the Syrian government with deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

    The move was announced on Tuesday, a day after the European Union decided not to renew an arms embargo on Syria.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the missiles could deter foreign intervention and "some hotheads" from getting involved in the conflict.

    On Monday, the EU said that member states would be able to determine their own policies on sending arms to Syria.

    This comes after foreign ministers failed to reach a unanimous decision in order to extend the current arms embargo past Saturday.

    The EU's Foreign Affairs Council added it would review its position before August 1.

    According to the United Nations, more than 80,000 people have died and a further 1.5 million have fled the country since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011.

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