Russia: arms trade with Syria is 'perfectly legitimate'

Russia's Deputy Defence Minister has said that Russia will continue selling arms to Syria despite the crackdown on civilians, according to The Independent. Anatoly Antonov said:

Russia enjoys good and strong military technical co-operation with Syria, and we see no reason today to reconsider it ... Russian-Syrian military co-operation is perfectly legitimate.

He also admitted that Russia has military instructors on the ground in Syria training the Syrian army. "It's part of our contractual obligations," he said. "When we supply weapons, we have to provide training."

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