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Russia doing its best to prevent use of force against Syria

August 30, 2013, 13:45 UTC+3
Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying Syria with weapons
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Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Photo ITAR-TASS/ Alexey Nikolski

Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Photo ITAR-TASS/ Alexey Nikolski

MOSCOW, August 30 (Itar-Tass) - Russia is doing its best to prevent a military operation against Syria, President Putin’s aide told reporters Friday.

Although the issue is not included in the official agenda of the summit of the Group of Twenty due next month in St Petersburg, it will definitely be discussed by national leaders attending the meeting, said Yuri Ushakov, the aide.

“We’re making active efforts now to avert the use of force(/against President Bashar al-Assad and the milieu loyal to him),” he said.

The G20 summit is to be held in St Petersburg September 5 and September 6.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying Syria with the weapons which are not banned by international law. Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov did not specify the Russian-Syrian contracts that the supplies were exercised under.

He said he was not in a position to comment on media reporters alleging that Syria had paid for the four S-300 air defense missile complexes already supplied to it.

“We’re supplying weaponry in line with effective contracts,” Ushakov said. “That’s normal practice and it doesn’t run counter to any international regulations.”

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