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Russian Foreign Minister: More US weapons could stoke violence in the Middle East

Published 14/06/2013 | 19:37

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they inspect a damaged truck, after seizing a government military camp used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Idlib, June 13, 2013. Picture taken June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)
Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they inspect a damaged truck

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that more U.S. military support for forces opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could stoke violence in the Middle East, the ministry said in a statement today.

A U.S. official said on Thursday that President Barack Obama had authorised sending U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, after the White House said it had proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces.

During a telephone conversation, Lavrov "stressed that such a step (military support) risks escalating (violence) in the region, while accusations against Damascus of the use of chemical weapons by the United States are not backed up by verified facts," the statement said.

Reuters

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