Saturday, October 13, 2012

US: Russia 'Morally Bankrupt' on Syria

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States has had a "comprehensive accounting" from the Turkish government about the contents of the Syrian Airlines flight intercepted by Turkish fighter jets late Wednesday. Nuland acknowledged that Russia had not violated any embargo on the Syrian government but said Moscow's policy's of supporting President Bashar al-Assad was "still morally bankrupt." "We are saying, as we have been saying for almost a year now, that no responsible country ought to be aiding and abetting the war machine of the Assad regime... and particularly those with responsibilities for global peace and security as UN Security Council members have," she said. Russia disagrees. "We have no secrets," Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said. "There were, of course, no weapons on the plane and could not have been any. This cargo is electrical technical equipment for radar stations, this is dual-purpose equipment but is not forbidden by any international conventions," Lavrov said. He emphasized that the cargo was sent "by a lawful Russian supplier in a lawful way to a lawful purchaser."

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