Paris abides by the embargo on arms sales to Syria and hopes that a political solution to the conflict will be found in the coming weeks, French President Francois Hollande said on a live broadcast of Echo of Moscow radio station on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.
"France has kept its word. An embargo was imposed by Europe and we adhere to the embargo. But if there is demand for weapons in a country, the possibility of its supply by other countries cannot be excluded, as it will fall into hands," Hollande said.
He stressed the importance of control over this issue.
"If we do not find a political solution, France will not supply weapons. But a particular part of the
Syrian opposition army will receive it, as they do now. We state this within the development of the conflict," the French president said.
According to Hollande, the question of lifting the embargo should be solved gradually. He expressed the hope that a political solution will be found within a few weeks that will "put an end to the escalation of the conflict" in Syria.