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Peres urges Russia to cease sale of advanced weapons to Syria

In meeting on sidelines of event in Italy, President tells Russian counterpart that weapons systems likely to find their way to terror groups such as Hezbollah.

By Haaretz Service

June 2, 2011 | 2:47 pm

According to a statement released by the president’s office, Peres discussed ongoing turmoil in the Arab world with the Russian leaders, saying that Syria was undergoing a critical time of change.

“Assad has killed thousands of protesters in cold blood and I do not know what the future may hold,” Peres said.

In the face of such uncertainty, Peres urged his Russian counterpart to avoid selling advanced weapons systems to Syria, since “there was no way to know who would eventually hold those weapons,” the president said, adding Russia must aid in stemming the flow of weapons from Syria to “terrorist groups, first and foremost Hezbollah.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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