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Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday, May 28, 2013, that Moscow has a contract for the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems (pictured) to Syria. (AP)
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday, May 28, 2013, that Moscow has a contract for the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems (pictured) to Syria. (AP)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, accompanied by Mouaz Moustafa, right, visits rebels in Syria on Monday, May 27, 2013. (Mouaz Moustafa/Syrian Emergency Task Force via AP)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, accompanied by Mouaz Moustafa, right, visits rebels in Syria on Monday, May 27, 2013. (Mouaz Moustafa/Syrian Emergency Task Force via AP)

The European Union lifted the arms embargo on Syria yesterday, allowing member nations who want to arm rebels to do so.

Also on Monday, U.S. Senator John McCain, who has been a proponent of military intervention, met with rebels in Syria in a surprise visit.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told journalists that the EU's move may end the prospect for a peace conference next month between the U.S. and Russia.

On Tuesday, Russia revealed plans to provide Syria with anti-aircraft missiles — further bolstering president Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports new evidence of a single massacre that left 200 dead in western Syria this month.

Guest:

  • Nick Childs, world affairs correspondent for the BBC.

This segment aired on May 28, 2013.

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