Lavrov: US is reluctant to fight Al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

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MOSCOW, Russia – More and more evidence obtained by Russia confirms that the United States does not want to fight the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group, Lavrov said on Monday at the opening of the Valdai Discussion Club’s conference dubbed “Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields.”

“We have more and more evidence, which makes it possible to doubt that our Western counterparts in the US-led coalition are ready to fight Jabhat al-Nusra in earnest, despite the fact that it has been added to all resolutions and has been designated as a terrorist organization by the UN Security Council,” the minister said.

“I believe that the success of the Syrian settlement depends not on what else Russia can do but, rather, on what the United States will not do. It would be better, if they stopped playing very dangerous games, which lead to the disintegration of the Syrian state,” Russia’s top diplomat said.

“In the areas supervised by the US – east of the Euphrates and all the way to Syria’s state borders – they create authorities in such a way that they have no ties with Damascus providing them with assistance in various forms. All that can be a very serious problem from the point of view of compliance with the UN Security Council’s demands on ensuring Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he explained.

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