`India should push Russia over Syria arms sales`
In a bid to stop Russia from supplying armaments to Syria, India has been urged to cut weapon procurement from Moscow.
Paris: In a bid to stop Russia from supplying armaments to Syria, India has been urged to cut weapon procurement from Moscow.
At a protest in the French capital Paris against Syria violence, the demonstrators urged India, which purchased some USD 12.7 billion in arms, 80 percent of that from Russia, during 2007-2011, to force Russia to halt arms supply to the Syrian regime, which is accused of killing its own people.
Russian President Vladmir Putin has, however, said that Moscow was not supplying arms to Syria which can be used against protesters.
Syria is one of Russia`s major weapons clients, and Moscow has opposed a proposal for a UN arms embargo on Damascus.
Russia has supplied Syria with Bastion coastal missile systems with Yakhont cruise missiles and Buk surface-to-air missile systems under a contract signed in 2007.
According to UN estimates, about 10,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.
(With IANS inputs)