Putin says sending arms to Syria rebels will backfire

Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:28am EDT
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ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told the West on Tuesday that sending weapons to Syrian rebels could backfire one day but defended Russia's own military contacts with the Syrian government.

Striking a defiant tone after two days of talks at a G8 summit, Putin said he could not rule out new arms contracts with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He warned that arms sent to Syrian rebels however could one day end up being used in Europe.