Russia says it’s stopping new arms sales to Syria

However, Dzirkaln, addressing Russian media at the Farnborough airshow in England, said that exports already sold to Syria would continue.

That means that the helicopter shipment that sparked outrage among U.S. officials — most notably Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — is unlikely to be stopped.

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Clinton claimed initially last month that Russia was shipping new attack helicopters to Syria, but Russia said that it was only shipping back helicopters already sold to Syria that had gone in for repairs.

Obama administration officials and lawmakers in Congress remained dissatisfied, and they used the helicopters as fresh evidence that Russia was complicit in Assad’s forces' killings.

The dust-up over the helicopter shipments occurred just before President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in what was described as a chilly conversation.

The United States has been frustrated by Moscow blocking further action by the U.N. Security Council to stop the violence in Syria, where the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that more than 17,000 have been killed, according to the AP. Other estimates are closer to 14,000 dead.

As for the helicopters themselves, the first ship attempting to deliver them was turned back after an insurance issue cropped up, but Russia said two weeks ago that a second ship would carry the choppers to Syria.