PUTIN: ABOUT 600 RUSSIANS AND EUROPEANS FIGHTING ON THE SIDE OF SYRIAN OPPOSITION
18:34 21/06/2013 ” IN THE WORLD
At least 600 Russians and Europeans are fighting alongside the rebels
battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said during the St. Petersburg International Economic
Forum, Voice of Russia reported.
“It is known that there are at least 600 people from Russia and Europe
fighting along with opposition forces in Syria,” Putin said during
the Forum’s plenary session.
Putin reiterated that weapon supplies to the Syrian rebels violate
international law, and threaten to further destabilize the war-torn
“Why supply weapons to militant forces in Syria when we are not sure
of the composition of these groups?” he said, adding that it remains
unclear where these arms will end up.
“If the United States … recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition
organizations, al-Nusra, as terrorist … how can one deliver arms
to those opposition members?” Putin said. “Where will (those weapons)
end up? What role will they play?”
From: A. Papazian