Lavrov: Washington wants to protect Jabhat al-Nusra in Idleb

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that only the Syrians can decide the future of their country, noting that the US behavior towards the situation in Idleb province indicates that Washington wants to protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization.

In an interview with Russian 1 TV Channel on Tuesday, Lavrov affirmed that the de-escalation zone in Idleb province is the only zone in which tens of thousands of terrorists are positioned led by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization.

Lavrov called upon the administration of US President Donald Trump to not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor Barack Obama whose team officially pledged to separate Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization from the other armed organizations, but it didn’t do anything to achieve that.

He said that the three guarantor states of Astana process, namely (Russia, Iran and Turkey) want to end the war in Syria and to create the suitable conditions to enable the Syrians to choose their fate by themselves without any foreign interference or any attempt to impose solutions on them.

He underlined the importance of the participation of the Russian forces in the military operation against terrorist organizations in Syria.

He added that no one of those who speak about the issue of saving lives of people and respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states has done anything to prevent the attempts of terrorists to establish control over Damascus.


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