Britain is prepared to send arms to Syrian rebels should peace talks set for June fail to bring about an end to the conflict, The Financial Times reported on Friday, citing UK officials.
The EU ban on arming rebels expired Monday, paving the way for the UK to potentially send weapons to forces opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad.
France and Britain, the biggest supporters of scrapping the embargo, have officially said they had not yet decided to arm rebel forces in Syria.
However a British official cited in the Financial Times report said that, barring a diplomatic solution to the conflict, UK arming of the rebels is highly probable.
“The precise timing has not yet been finalized and no decision has yet been taken. But we are likely to be … shipping arms to the rebels by August.”