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Talsmenn for Det hvite hus og State department var overraskende klare i sin støtte til EUs beslutning om å åpne for våpenleveranser til de syriske opprørerne.

Støtten er bemerkelsesverdig all den stund USA selv ikke har planer om å levere våpen. Vedtaket skaper vansker i forhold til Russland som akter å levere avanserte bakke-til-luft-raketter av typen S-300 til Syria.

Russland anklaget tirsdag EU for å helle bensin på bålet. Det er en rolle flere EU-land som Tsjekkia og Nederland er utilpass med.

 

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday (28 May) told press on President Barack Obama’s jet: «We welcome the EU action.»

He said Russia’s decision to deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime is a bad move because it «does not bring us closer to the political transition that Syria deserves,» however.

State department spokesman Patrick Ventrell went into more detail at a briefing in Washington.

He said the EU decision will «advance» the prospect of peace by giving «the flexibility to specific EU member states to assist the opposition in a way that each sees fit.»

He added: «We want [Syrian leader] Assad to have a changed calculation so that he realises that he’s got to negotiate.»

Ventrell also complained about Russia.

He said: «We condemn all support of arms to the regime. We’ve seen how the regime uses those arms. When we’re talking about the opposition, that’s a different group, and clearly they are people who are defending themselves in the face of an enormous onslaught.»

The US itself has not decided if it will ship weapons to rebels.

 

http://euobserver.com/foreign/120289