Russia: US Arming Syria’s Rebels

Russia: US Arming Syria’s Rebels | Lavrov insists Russian arms to Syria just air defense

During a news conference capping off his visit to Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted US interference in Syria, accusing them of “providing arms to the Syrian opposition which are being used against the Syrian government.”

Lavrov’s comments followed yesterday’s shrill condemnation from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said Russia was delivering attack helicopters and other weapons to Syria that were “escalating he conflict.”

Lavrov confirmed arms shipments, but insisted that they were only weapons related to Syrian air defense, not arms to be used against the rebels. He went on to point out that such deliveries are fully in keeping with international law, in contrast to the arms shipments to the rebels.

Recent reports have suggested that the arms to Syria’s rebels were coming by way of the Saudi and Qatari governments, though the US has been involved in delivering the shipments through Turkey to the rebels.

Air defenses would be more significant to the Syrian regime in the event of a NATO attack, with calls for a “no-fly zone” being bandied about, particularly by France and Britain. NATO’s standard no-fly zone would involve destroying all the existing air defense in the country, as they did in Libya.

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  • It seems far more logical and likely that the rebel forces are armed by outsiders. Where else could they have obtained such large quantities of arms enabling them to resist and even overcome in places the Syrian army ? Syria, Iran same as Iraq at the time has always been regarded a threat to US/Israeli domination of the ME. It.s not the first time that CIA/Mossad agents have infiltrated sovereign countries in (often successfull) attempts to overthrow governments that were being regarded threats to their interests, initiating and instigating violence and massacres (for which the other side is subsequently blamed by the western corporate Zionist propaganda machine) in those countries.

    • Nathan

      They are not "rebels"; they're mercenary terrorists and came from other countris.

    • 08oo

      This is an : US ARMY Special Forces Unconventional Warfare:
      US official definition:
      "There is another type of warfare—new in its intensity, ancient in its origin—war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins; war by ambush instead of by combat, by
      infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy
      instead of engaging him. It preys on unrest."
      John F. Kennedy 1962
      Source: "Overview" in Training Circular No. 18-01, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School; 30 Nov 2010

      In addition – The civil arm, looking nicer and more democratic, than the bearded Jihad killers from Iraq, Turkey, SaudiArab.+Qatar:

      OTPOR, US Revolution consultant hired 43 times http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=lpXbA6yZY-8

  • Duglarri

    If Russia is intending some payback for some old humiliations, what better way than to supply Syria with the one technology in which they have a clear lead over the west: air defense? No doubt Russian military types are still smarting over the repeated debacles: Iraq, Libya, and the attack on the Syrian "nuclear reactor"- whatever it was. The fact that air defenses built in Russia failed in all cases must leave a mark.

    Inability to influence affairs in other ways may have prompted the Russians to deliver a nice new set of S-400 launchers- in which case, to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, "there are certain parts of Syria that I wouldn't recommend you try to invade."

  • Nathan

    Mr lavrov, next time please tell us something we didn’t know. I first saw it on Press TV.

  • David

    the picture tells me. it would be an act of war if there were a no fly zone in Syria. this could lead to a major war in the middle east, and can lead to Iran all the way to Russia. This is a dangerous game.

  • City Buddha

    And then there are the Lords of War …

  • 08oo

    How desinformed: "NATO’s standard no-fly zone would involve destroying all the existing air defense in the country, as they did in Libya." In reality the complete civil infrastructure (water supply, powerplants, food storage etc.) was destroyed and Tripoli was CARPET BOMBINGS ! Even worse, when the rebels could not take Sirt and Bani Walid NATO did apply FAE-boms, sometimes classified as the small nuclear bomb of the poor:
    What Really Happened in Libya? – Mahdi Nazemroaya on GRTV


    Reporter of globalresearch.ca who was in Libya two months from July-August 2011:

    8:35 he reports the war crimes of NATO(bombing residential areas, water supply, hospials, food stores, schools, University broadcast buildings etc.) +at

    18:05
    11:30 NATO mercenaries in Libya: usa brought in Al Qaida, France: foreigner legion, UK:
    13:06/ 13:30 transitional council people said it was the USA who brought in Al Qaida. Libyans do not want the islamists, but the US wants them and is

    controlling them.
    18:05 he personaly saw bombed Hotels, restaurants, Gaddafi's home and at a NATO bombed house outside Tripoli, that later was shown as "destroyed by

    Gaddafi troops in Al Arabya, desite they did know that NATO was it.
    22:37 The red cross told me about 3000 deaths within two days in Tripoli mostly form NATO. Tripoli is demolished and looks far worse than Sarajevo. There

    are now more military checkpoints than before.
    24:00 massive rape, foreigners did deliberatly fuell fighting and hate on both sides by showing brutal rapes and beheadings,
    28:28 Tripoli conquering strategy: infrastructure destruction and supply cut off and then massive carpet bombing

    Even worse – since they could not occupy the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid, despite four weeks of permanent´╗┐ final attacks, NATO used thermobaric bombs, nicknamed the atomic bomb of the poor", because only a few rebels remained.

    The BLU-118 FAE-bomb kills anything in an area of 2 square kilometres by burning or suffocate. Also a family in a shell-proof cellar will be killed.

    See the victims:
    Victims playlist

  • mojo

    There never was a honest language about anything said or proven by US or NATO militarism regime.

    As they did cheat and lied about Kosovo, the Balkan war, the Iraq and Libya these people doing it again and again.