Russia criticizes US financial aid to Syrian rebels
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NEW YORK: The U.S. plan to spend $500 million for training and outfitting Syrian rebels is a step in the wrong direction, ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Russian Permanent Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin as saying.

In his words, 500 million dollars is “a very big sum of money.” “I am sure that it is possible to spend it for something more useful,” he told a news conference at the Russian Permanent Mission at the U.N.

“They (the United States) put the situation on the wrong track,” the diplomat said. He said with regret that the U.S. “adds fuel to the fire of Syrian conflict instead of seeking a political solution.”

“We noticed that our American partners say that they are not confident whether a successor to Brahimi should be appointed and they are not confident whether talks (between Damascus and the opposition) should be resumed. They are sure of nothing,” Churkin stated.

The U.S. Administration asked Congress for $500 million in aid for the so-called moderate armed Syrian opposition, White House spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said on Thursday.

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