“Syria is a blockaded country,” Ramirez said. “If it needs diesel and we can provide it, there’s no reason not to do it.”
Deliveries were made in late 2011-early 2012, he said.
He added that Damascus was a victim of the “stigma of the imperialists” seeking to overthrow the government.
Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the uprising would have already killed more than 7,500 dead. For its part, Damascus denies this figure and claims that nearly 2,000 police and military Syrians were killed by insurgents.