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Russia does 'not supply' attack helicopters to Syria: Ministry
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused Russia of fuelling the violence by sending attack helicopters to Syria, which she said were "on the way" and would "escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
Her spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday that Russia was sending back "freshly refurbished" helicopters that had been under repairs for six months or more.
"The concern remains that they will be used for the exact same purpose that the current helicopters in Syria are being used and that is to kill civilians," Nuland said.
US President Barack Obama is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at next week's Group of 20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Originally posted by fixer1967
Silly Russians, Only the US is allowed to sell arms to foreign counties.
The United States is headed for a record-breaking year for foreign military sales, thanks to Obama and a $29.4 billion sale of Boeing-made F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, according to Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs. So far in 2012, the United States has finalized sales totaling $50 billion and there are more than three months left in the fiscal year
Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said the "relentless repression of the regime, and in particular in the city of Homs" meant it was more necessary than ever for the United Nations to enforce Kofi Annan's failing peace plan.
France has called on the United Nations to invoke Chapter VII - which can authorize the use of force - to impose the plan brokered by international mediator Annan, including a widely ignored April 12 ceasefire agreement.
U.N. monitors say violence has been escalating rapidly in Syria, where peaceful protests were overtaken by an armed insurgency several months ago in response to Assad's crackdown on dissent.
In Geneva, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the government's use of heavy arms and shelling in populated areas could amount to war crimes, and called on the international community to act.
"I urge the international community to overcome its divisions and work to end the violence and human rights violations to which the people of Syria have been subjected," she said.
(Additional reporting by Steve Gutterman in Moscow, Tom Miles in Geneva and John Irish in Paris
edit on 18-6-2012 by redneck13 because: m
Originally posted by victor7
Technically if the insurance cover of the ship is cancelled then it cannot travel via english channel. If so, then ship can take another route as simple as that.
US is trying very hard to find a reason to mess with others. That is not a good idea always.
Originally posted by purplemer
Syria is in the midsts of a regime change sponsored by the west