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Russia to continue arms exports to Syria: deputy PM

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21:54, December 01, 2011

MOSCOW, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia sees no reasons to stop its arms exports to Syria, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.

"Russia will do whatever is not prohibited by norms, rules or agreements," Ivanov told reporters, adding that European sanctions against Syria would not restrict Russia's arms supplies to Syria.

According to media reports, the European Union (EU) was considering extensive sanctions against Syria.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia rejects any arms embargo imposed on Syria and Moscow would try to avoid a repeat of the Libyan scenario in the country.

Lavrov stressed that lessons should be learned from the situation in Libya, where an embargo on arms supplies was "only applied to the Libyan army."

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