Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies smash a statue of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad on March 28, 2015 in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib . AFP PHOTO / SAMI ALI
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Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts completed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar Assad said.Assad's comments, in an interview published by Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta Monday, appeared to contradict remarks by Moscow suggesting any Russian arms supplies to Damascus were agreed before the conflict began. Assad gave no details of the weapons being supplied by Russia, the world's second-biggest arms exporter, since the start of the conflict which has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.
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