‘The scope of internationalization of this conflict is wide enough, and there is an abundance of weapons there,’ - said the minister. ‘The region is oversaturated with weapons: its next to impossible to establish the “who, where from and how” regarding arms supplies there,’stated Lavrov.
Earlier, Human Rights Watch said that Russian cluster bombs were being used in Syria, reports RIA Novosti.
After being dropped the cluster bombs break up into several smaller bombs. 77 states have signed a treaty prohibiting use of cluster munitions. Syria has not signed the document; neither have the main producers of these bombs - the U.S., Russia and China.
America actively resorted to cluster bombs in attacks on Yugoslavia in 1999.
Detained plane incident will not affect Russian-Turkish relations
The incident with the plane forced to make an emergency landing in Ankara, will not affect prospects of Russian-Turkish relations, said Sergey Lavrov. ‘They are developing on a firm and solid basis,’- said the minister.
He added that Russia, nonetheless, would like to receive from the Turkish side its assessment of the incident.
Last Wednesday, Turkish Air Force fighter jets forced a passenger liner en route from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara. The Turkish side insisted it was acting on information that a cargo of military hardware from Russia was allegedly on board the flight.
Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS