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>> Russia calling a US decision to ease some restrictions on arming Syrian rebels a hostile act. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the policy change paving the way for deliveries of shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria. Moscow last year launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to help President Bashar Al-Assad and government forces in a conflict with rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States.
The easing of restrictions set out in a new US Defense spending bill signed by President Obama last week. Nakarova argued that any weapons handed over to the rebels would eventually end up in the hands of terrorists. The US has formerly accused Russian hackers of interfering with the 2016 election.
The Russian foreign ministry accusing the Obama administration of trying to create a messy situation before President elect Donald Trump takes the reins.