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Russian air missiles for Syria

Russia's deputy foreign minister has confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the art air defence missiles to prevent foreign intervention in the country.

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Syrian peace 'beyond comprehension' with Russian arms

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has said it was "beyond comprehension" to see how arms shipments to the Syrian opposition would help bring about a peaceful settlement when Russia was willing to respond by supporting President Assad.

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell MP. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

He said: "It was always likely that Russia would move to counterbalance any change in the embargo policy by the EU.

"As Assad's patron, the Kremlin will not allow its client to be prejudiced.

"What this demonstrates is that if there are any arms shipments to the opposition then Russia will be willing to respond to support Assad.

"How this can possibly help the proposed peace conference is beyond comprehension."

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