The EU decided on Monday to lift its arms embargo against Syria, after hours of fraught negotiations, but ministers agreed not to supply weapons before August.
Russia immediately condemned the move. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described it as illegitimate and a violation of international law dvd to iphone
Russia also defended its deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government, saying they deter foreign intervention and act as a "stabilising factor" in the conflict.
Israel has reacted negatively to news of the planned sale of the Russian arms, with Defence Minister Moshe Yallon saying Israel knew what it would have to do should delivery be made.
In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney welcomed the EU action and condemned Russian arms sales.
Carney said the EU move provided "flexibility" to countries wishing to help the Syrian rebels, executive gift products
and said aid to the opposition was fundamentally different than Russia's arms sales.
Carney noted the US is continuing to evaluate its support for the opposition and to push for a political transition. Washington has so far refused to militarily support the rebels. US Senator John McCain, a prominent supporter of US intervention, visited with rebel leaders in Syria on Monday.
EU ministers said they will not deliver any arms before August, to allow for a peace-seeking conference in Geneva, an initiative brokered by Russia and the United States in an attempt to find a political solution to the 26-month crisis in Syria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lavrov on Monday in Paris to discuss the Geneva talks, particularly which parties would participate. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government says it will join the talks while the opposition has not made a decision.
The threat of growing conflagration with Lebanon increased late Tuesday as Syrian rebels set a 24-hour deadline for the Lebanese Shi'ite militia Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria, where they are supporting the al-Assad regime.
"If the attacks of Hezbollah against Syrian territory do not stop within 24 hours, we will take all measures to hunt Hezbollah, even in hell," General Salim Idriss, chief of staff of the Syrian rebels' Supreme Military Council, Claire Hsu
said in an interview with Dubai-based al-Arabiya television.
Syrian rebels praised the EU's decision, which was spearheaded by Britain and France, while criticising the delay in any shipments.
"To wait three months until they decide to start arming the rebels will give the regime more time to kill the Syrian people. We call on the EU to speed such a move," Louay al-Mokdad, the Free Syrian Army's political and media coordinator, told dpa.
The UN Human Rights Council will vote on Wednesday on a resolution put forward by the US, Turkey and Qatar to censure the Syrian regime for attacking civilians in the besieged town of al-Kussair, where 183 people have been killed, according to reports.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay declared on Monday that the international community was failing in its duty to stop "a humanitarian, political and social disaster".
"What looms is truly a nightmare," Pillay said.