Russian Arms Exports to Syria: Business and Political Motives
Analysis by: András Rácz.
In the context of the Syrian conflict the case of the cargo ship named Alaed, turned back by the British authorities, has attracted significant international attention. The Alaed was supposed to carry Russian-made helicopters to Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the western media have strongly criticised Russia for its providing the Syrian regime with arms thus contributing to the use of force against the civilian population.