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  1/27/2013, Shevat 16, 5773

Syria Cites Israel as Reason for Import of Russian Arms

Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil of Syria admitted, Saturday, that Russia continues to ship arms to his country in fulfillment of contractual obligations, according to Agence France Presse. Interviewed by Moscow's Echo Radio, he said that the arms were essential "for the defense of the country's sovereignty".

Jamil said the danger of an Israeli attack was strong, so Syria sees it as her duty to maintain a balance of forces against the Jewish state. He said the Syrian arms industry covers the nations need for rifles and machine guns.