Foreign military assistance to Syrian opposition would be gross violation of intl law

Supplies of weapons to Syrian opposition groups are unacceptable, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

"External assistance to the opposition waging armed hostilities against the legitimate government would be a gross violation of fundamental provisions of international law," Lukashevich said.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius suggested on Thursday that he planned to discuss the lifting of an embargo on arms supplies to the Syrian opposition with his EU counterparts. Speaking on RTL radio, Fabius said, "There is an embargo now, and so no arms are being supplied [to Syria] from Europe. The question of defensive arms may arise and will undoubtedly arise, but this is something we can do only in coordination with other European countries."

Fabius did not specify what he implied when he said about "defensive weapons."

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