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Moscow is ready to sell new weapons to Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
Mr Lavrov said any sales of weapons of "a defensive character" would not change the strategic balance in the Middle East, without elaborating.
His comments came as the Syrian and Russian leaders held talks in Russia.
Before the talks in Sochi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had spoken on the need to speed up military and technical co-operation with Russia.
The two countries are preparing deals on anti-aircraft and anti-tank missile systems, reports say.
Israel and the US have been critical of Russian arms sales to Syria.
Syria was a close ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.