Syrian insurgents stand around an anti-aircraft machinegun mounted on a truck in the northern city of Aleppo. (File photo)
Russia says there is increasing evidence that Syrian insurgents are receiving “massive” amounts of Western-made arms, accusing the US and its allies of fueling the ongoing violence in Syria.
"There is growing evidence, including in the media, that Syrian opposition is massively supplied with Western-made weapons through third countries," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote on his twitter micro-blog on Monday.
Gatilov's comments echoed others that blame Western and some hostile Arab countries for the failure to end the conflict in Syria through diplomacy such as outgoing mediator Kofi Annan's peace plan.
“I wonder how in these circumstances our Western partners, advocating for sanctions against Syria, want them to be honestly implemented,” Gatilov added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also on Monday rejected the idea of foreign military intervention as a solution to the unrest in Syria, warning against imposing "democracy by bombs.”
Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.