Russia is supplying the Syrian army with hardware including small arms, grenade launchers, advanced BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and Kamaz military trucks, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported on Thursday.

Russia says its military assistance to Damascus is aimed at helping it fight terrorism inSyria, but the West suspects Moscow is building up its military presence on the ground inSyria to prop up its long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport was not immediately available for comment. […]