Death Toll In Syria Hits 2400, Clinton Calls For Russia To End Arms Sales

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 13, 2011

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Russia to stop selling weapons to Syria after the crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s regime has killed nearly 2,400 lives, according to Bloomberg.

In an interview with CBS News on Thursday, Clinton said, “we want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime.”

However, when she was asked whether she thinks that Pres. Assad should resign, she didn’t directly answer the question, but hinted that she wanted him to step down. “I think we’ve been very clear in what we have said about his loss of legitimacy. … We are, I think, building the chorus of international condemnation. And, rather than [the United States] saying it and nobody else following, we think it’s important to lead and have others follow as well,” she said.

In early August, Russia joined the United States in condemning the violence in Syria during the holy month of Ramadan after the Syrian government cracked down on protesters.

During her interview, the former presidential candidate noted that she wanted to see countries pressure Assad through sanction on the country’s oil and gas industry.

“[We] want to see Europe take more steps in that direction. And we want to see China take steps with us. We want to see India, because India and China have large energy investments inside of Syria,” Clinton said.