The Ticket

Obama administration to Russia: Stop arming Assad

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Smoke rises over the city of Homs, Syria (David Manyua/AP/United Nations)

The United States on Wednesday flatly denied Russian charges of arming Syria's rebels and bluntly urged Moscow to stop shipping weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, warning that the "deteriorating" conflict was "spiraling towards civil war."

"We believe that everyone who is providing weapons to the Assad regime should halt the provision of those weapons," spokesman Jay Carney said at his daily briefing.

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