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Russia halts arms shipments to Syria, for now

At a military airbase in Korenovsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects an Mi-24 ground-attack helicopter, June 14, 2012. Russia said last month it was not exporting any more helicopters to the Syrian Army, and today said all arms exports are being suspended, until the situation in Syria calms down.
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(CBS/AP) MOSCOW - A senior Russian official said Monday that Moscow is halting its weapons sales to Syrian authorities until the situation there calms down.

Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, told Russian news agencies that Russia is not going to sign any new arms deals with Syria or send any more weapons.

Dzirkaln made his remarks on the sidelines of the Farnborough Airshow 2012 southwest of London.

Dzirkaln said that Russia does not sell helicopters or fighter planes to Syria, and has only been providing Syria's army with spare parts and assistance in repairs of weapons supplied previously.

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Last month a ship headed for Syria carrying Russian military attack helicopters turned back after its insurer - discovering what was being transported - removed its coverage, U.S. officials confirmed to CBS News.

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Syrian activists say that about 14,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.