Russian politician says Moscow won't let balance of force change in Middle East

14:26, May 12, 2011      

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Russia won't let the balance of forces in the Middle East change, so its arms sales to Syria should not disturb Israel, the chairman of the Federation Council said Wednesday.

Sergei Mironov, who met with an Israeli foreign affairs and defense delegation and Israel's ambassador to Moscow, said that he has discussed the arms deals between Moscow and Damascus that have been highly sensitive for Israel.

"Russia controls the situation in order not to alter the balance of forces in the region," Mironov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

The parties also discussed the situation in Northern Africa, the Iranian nuclear program and fighting international terrorism.

"We are certain that the international community must unite in fighting against international terrorism," Mironov said.

Source: Xinhua
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