On 18 June, in the margins of the G20 (the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors), the Prime Minister, my right honourable friend Mr Cameron raised with President Putin the issue of the MV Alaed shipping arms to Syria. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has also raised our concern over Russian arms exports to Syria with Foreign Minister Lavrov, most recently on 16 June in Kabul. We believe that all arms supplies to Syria perpetuate the cycle of violence. We continue to work with Russia to bring an end to the violence and bloodshed and to make progress on a political process.