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Russia confirms Syria-bound ship carried helicopters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference in Moscow on June 9, 2012.

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A cargo ship that turned back toward Russia while travelling to Syria was carrying three repaired helicopters as well as air defence systems, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

"The ship was carrying air defence systems, which can be (used) only for repelling foreign aggression and not against peaceful demonstrators ... and it was carrying three repaired helicopters," Mr. Lavrov told Ekho Mosvky radio, Interfax reported.

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