May 29th, 2012
08:07 PM ET

Syrian unrest: Russia is the problem and solution?

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Fmr. spokesman for the U.S. state department, Jamie Rubin and Syria expert, Andrew Tabler about the crisis in Syria.

U.S. says Russian attack helicopters on way to Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria.

At a Washington think tank on Tuesday, Clinton said, "We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."

Clinton said the United States has repeatedly asked Russia to stop arms shipments to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but Russia has said anything it is sending is not being used against the public unrest. "That's patently untrue," Clinton said before making the accusation about the helicopter shipments.

Clinton's comments were made at the Brookings Institution, where she was speaking alongside Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Intelligence officials refused to comment on Clinton's assertion. Washington's Russian embassy also would not comment.


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  1. kevinkatovic

    I agree Russia will dictate what happens in Syria and if the war will be resolved in the near future or years. While small wars have been fueled by arms being provided by russia, china and saudia arabia also seem to have a big interest in Syria. It almost feels as if Syria has a doctors apointment to see if things are going to be ok and if its healthy as a state or going to suffer from other complications in the future. Whether Syria is indeed on the stretcher as a state or has a health state is still in deep contention. I think personally things will resolve itself in a matter of time.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply

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