July 10, 2012- An announcement was made by a senior defense official in Russia that Moscow would stop selling weapons to Syria. The official said all weapons’ shipment to the country would be halted until the situation in Syria is calmer.
The Russian military’s deputy chief Vyacheslav Dzirkain said on Monday that Russia has agreed to not sign any further arms deals and not ship any more arms or spare parts for earlier delivered weapons.
World leaders have urged Russia, including the United States, to stop sending arms to help Syria crackdown on the opposition in the country. President Vladimir Putin announced in Moscow that both the government of Syria and its opposition should be forced to negotiate.
Putin said he is convinced everything possible must be done to force the two sides into finding a solution that is peaceful. Putin’s latest comments came only hours after Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister met with the opposition leader from Syria, Michel Kilo in Russia.
The announcement by Russia to stop sending arms comes just after an announcement from the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights that said over 17,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Syria started in March of 2011.
On Monday, 20 civilians and 11 army troops were killed in different locations around the country.