The United States avoids attacking al-Nusra Front in every possible way, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
The US position at talks with Russia on Syria might be explained by Washington’s wish to protect al-Nusra Front, the minister said adding that the talks with the US on Syria are ‘fruitless gatherings’.
“The contacts continue, but every time we agree on something, the US side backtracks from the agreements that have already been reached,” Lavrov said.
According to Lavrov, the US position at talks with Russia is explained by wanting to protect the Nusra Front militant group from attacks.
“They continue to avoid taking aim at Nusra Front militants in every way possible,” Lavrov added.
Meanwhile, Russia is in talks with all militant groups in Syria, apart from al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorists, Lavrov said.
“We’re in talks with militant groups ‘on the ground’ in Syria apart Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists,” he said.
Calls for ‘regime of silence’ are aimed at militants getting rest, receiving armaments, the Russian top diplomat added.
“Unlike Syria, nobody in Iraq, Libya or especially Yemen demands to immediately cease hostilities and implement a ‘regime of silence’ before the talks. But these demands for ‘silent regime’ are focused on one thing — to help terrorists to give terrorist a break, get the new weapons and armament. That’s what happened recently in Palmyra,” Lavrov said.
At the same time Russia hopes that the situation in Aleppo will be finally resolved in the next two or three days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.
“Only the intervention of our Russian Aerospace Forces allowed the Syrian to stop this threat [Islamic State] with great difficulty and begin to push terrorists out. I hope that in the next two or three days the situation in eastern Aleppo will be resolved, we have created humanitarian corridors which were used by tens of thousands of civilians to leave, they have left,” Lavrov said.
The main goal in Syria at the moment is resolving the situation in Aleppo and returning the city to normal life, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “The main [aim] now is to put an end to the tragedy of Aleppo, return the people to normal life, begin restoration of this ancient and, in fact, the biggest Syrian city,” Lavrov said.
Claims that Russia is forcing the civilian population to leave Aleppo are not true, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“The US representatives in international organizations make public statements that it is a bad idea [to evacuate civilians out of Aleppo], that the Russians are forcing civilians out of Aleppo. Nobody is forcing anyone out. Those who want to leave are the only ones to leave,” Lavrov said.