Schneider Calls for Prevention of Russian Transfer of Advanced Weapons to al-Assad
WASHINGTON – In a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) urged action to dissuade the Russians from completing an advanced-arms deal with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. It has been reported that the Russian government is planning to deliver surface-to-air missiles to al-Assad’s regime. Schneider, who led the letter, has previously warned of the dangers of such a transfer.
“Any transfer of advanced weapons from the Russians to the Syrian regime is unacceptable and threatens to destabilize the entire region even further,” Schneider said. “Any and all flows of weapons to the Syrian regime only prolong the bloodshed and postpone the move to a post-al-Assad transitional government. My colleagues and I urge Secretary Kerry to urgently work to prevent the completion of this dangerous transfer from ever occurring, and to focus on how to best bring about an end to al-Assad’s grip on power.”
Schneider, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has been vocal about the need to replace al-Assad and move to a transitional government. This latest call for action follows his urging of the Iraqi government to crack down on Iran’s use of Iraqi airspace to transfer arms to al-Assad and questioning of former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford on the future of national unity and regional stability as the crisis continues in Syria.