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McCain hits Russia’s support for Syria
Russia has dispatched two warships and a unit of marines to secure its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, and it is delivering anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to help Syrian President Bashar Assad defend his regime, Sen. John McCain said Monday.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week accused Russia of sending helicopter gunships to the Assad regime, engaging in a war of words over the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“To say they are ‘leading from behind’ is too generous,” he said. “That suggests they are leading. They are just behind.”
More than 14,000 people have died since the start of the anti-Assad uprising 15 months ago, according to activists.
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