Saudi Arabia hits back at Russia criticism of plan to supply arms to Syria
Published on Mar 1, 2014 5:17 PM
RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia has hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply shoulder-launched missiles to Syrian rebels, saying it was Moscow's support for Damascus that was prolonging the conflict.
A spokesman told the official SPA news agency late on Friday that the foreign ministry had been "astonished by Russian criticism of Saudi Arabia for its support of the Syrian people".
He said it was persistent Russian backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its repeated use of its veto at the UN Security Council, that was blocking a peaceful solution.
"This support is the principal reason for the barbarity of the Syrian regime and for the conflict dragging on for three years without hope of a settlement or of an end anytime soon to one of the most serious humanitarian crises of our time."
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