Russia reiterates arms support for Syria

Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev on Thursday reiterated his country’s support for arming the Syrian regime after the US earlier in the day promised non-lethal aid for the Syrian opposition.

“Russia will fulfill its obligations on weapons contracts with Syria,” Russian Interfax news agency quoted the secretary of Moscow’s security council as saying.

His comments followed a Friends of Syria meeting in Rome in which newly appointed US Secretary of State John Kerry promised $60 million in "non-lethal" assistance to support the Syrian political opposition against President Bashar al-Assad.

The New York Times reported late Wednesday that the US has already started to train Syrian rebels in a country in the regime.

“The training mission, already under way, represents the deepest American involvement yet in the Syrian conflict, though the size and scope of the mission is not clear, nor is its host country,” the paper said

The Washington Post reported earlier in the week that The White House is mulling a major shift in policy on war-torn Syria and could supply rebels with "non-lethal" aid such as body armor, armored vehicles and perhaps even military training.

Russia will fulfill its obligations on weapons contracts with Syria.