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Russia calls US move to supply Syria rebels weapons a hostile act: RIA

REUTERS | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Dec 27, 2016, 3:48 pm IST
Updated Dec 27, 2016, 5:18 pm IST
Syrian rebels outside Aleppo on Friday shelled a neighborhood in the northern city, killing three people in the first bombardment since government forces took control of the whole city after opposition fighters in the eastern parts withdrew. (Photo: AP)
 Syrian rebels outside Aleppo on Friday shelled a neighborhood in the northern city, killing three people in the first bombardment since government forces took control of the whole city after opposition fighters in the eastern parts withdrew. (Photo: AP)

Moscow: Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it viewed a US decision to ease restrictions on weapons supplies to Syrian rebels as a "hostile act" which threatened the safety of Russian warplanes and military personnel, the RIA news agency reported.

RIA quoted the ministry as saying the administration of Barack Obama was attempting to complicate the situation in the world before Donald Trump took over the White House in January.

Obama lifted some restrictions on arms deliveries to Syrian rebels earlier in December.

The Kremlin, whose air force is supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad, said the move was risky and that weapons could end up in the hands of "terrorists".

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