Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow is providing Syria with weapons to fend off external threats but has no intention to use military force to protect Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia isn’t supplying any arms that could be used against protesters.
He told lawmakers that a military intervention in Syria would contradict Russia’s national interests.
Russia has been the main ally of Syria, protecting it from UN sanctions over the Assad regime’s bloody suppression of a yearlong uprising, in which over 7,500 have been killed.
Source: Associated Press