Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the supply by Syria of Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles to Hezbollah; and what assessment he has made of whether such a supply would place Russia or Syria in breach of Article 11 of the arms trade treaty.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The UK regularly raises with the Russian Government the issue of their continued supply of weapons to the Syrian Government. Russia has continued to supply weaponry to a regime that has shown itself to be incapable of using its weapons systems proportionately or discriminately, as is demonstrated by the regime's continued use of SCUD missiles and barrel bombs on Aleppo, leaving more than 700 dead, many of them children.

Unfortunately neither Russia nor Syria has signed the arms trade treaty. Syria was one of only three states that sought to block the adoption of the treaty, despite an overwhelming global majority agreeing that the treaty was an important development for the international arms trade.

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