Qadri Jamil

Syria?s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil has disclosed that Russia as one of the Syrian regime?s last supporters continues to supply weapons to Damascus under contracts signed long ago.

Qadri Jamil who made this disclosure while briefing Journalists in Sysria said that, ?Syria has always received and today is still receiving weapons from Russia. We have agreements signed before the conflict and Russia is fulfilling its obligations.?

Jamil did not specify the kinds of weapons, only that there was a variety, and said they were necessary ?for the defence of the country?s sovereignty.?
?The threat of an Israeli aggression still exists, we need to maintain a balance of forces in the region,? he said.

Jamil added that Syria was also producing its own small arms, including Kalashnikov rifles.

In his words, ?the depots of automatic weapons are full, we don?t need to buy any. Syria?s military industry can on its own make the weapons needed for the army?s daily activities,? adding that, that Syria would stop buying weapons from Russia if the United States stopped supplying arms to Israel.

Syria is mired in an ever bloody civil war that began with an uprising in March 2011. More than 60,000 people have since died in the conflict, according to the United Nations.

Enakeno Oju

Enakeno is a journalist and television producer

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