Russia says EU lifting of arms embargo undermine the chances for Syria peace talks

Russia said on Tuesday, May 28 the European Union’s failure to renew an arms embargo on Syria would undermine the chances for peace talks that Moscow and Washington are trying to organize.

“This does direct damage to the prospects for convening the international conference,” Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying of the EU move, which will allow EU nations to supply arms to Syrian rebels.

EU governments failed to bridge their differences on Monday, but decided to allow a ban on arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to expire.

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