(NEW YORK) — A Russian cargo vessel that was reported to be bringing arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military for its continued crackdown on rebel forces is heading back home.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement on Tuesday to his House of Commons, adding, “We discourage anyone else from supplying arms to Syria. We have had discussions with Russia about that specifically.”
Last week, the U.S. said that the Russian cargo ship, MV Alaed, was on its way to Syria to supply al-Assad’s forces with attack helicopters and munitions.
The turnaround came 24 hours after President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for talks at the G20 Summit in Mexico on ways to end the violence in Syria that has gone on for 15 months at a cost of between 12,000 and 14,000 lives.
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