Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that America protects jihadist groups in Syria, to use them to change the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so never inflicted blows on the positions of militants groups “Dzhebhat al-Fath al-sham, formerly known as “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia). The Minister said Friday, September 30, in an interview with the BBC, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the beginning of the Russian campaign in Syria.
Lavrov said that since the beginning of operations in Syria, the Americans reluctantly struck on positions of the banned terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) and took it only after it began to do in Russia. “As for the “dzhebhat an-Nusra”, the Americans never inflicted on her no bumps in any part of Syria,” said Lavrov.
“They undertook to separate the “al-Nusra” opposition”, – said the Russian foreign Minister, referring to the Americans, and added: “They are still, despite many repeated promises and commitments that can’t or don’t want to do that, and we have more and more reason to believe that from the very beginning was the plan: to spare “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” and save it for plan B or second stage, when the time comes to change the regime”.
The theme of the separation of terrorists from the opposition, according to Lavrov, discussed in every conversation with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, and he constantly promises that, once we stop the attacks and Bashar al-Assad will stop the raids, they will begin the disengagement, think over the disengagement.” “We’re talking with Kerry almost every day, today will be another phone conversation, as I understand it, as Washington has made such a request,” – said Lavrov.
Russia continues to wait for the US response to statements by the Syrian opposition of the Higher Committee on negotiations (CPSU) in support of “jabhat an-Nusra.” “The leader of the CPSU Riad Hijab, former Syrian Prime Minister who defected to the opposition, in an interview said publicly that “dzhebhat an-Nusra” terrorist organization. He said that she broke off all ties with “al-Qaeda” (banned in Russia) and has become a respected participant in the political process. Yesterday I asked Kerry if it accepts this position. He replied: no. I asked – why don’t you announce it publicly? And still waiting”.
Lavrov stressed that the agreement between the US and Russia on Syrian issue can be implemented, if we separate the opposition from the terrorists. “If the United States would support this deal is not on paper, but in reality, we will insist on the immediate cessation of hostilities”, – he said.
Lavrov demanded proof of use in Aleppo prohibited weapons and the Russian involvement in the attack on the humanitarian convoy
In an interview touched on the topic of the shelling of humanitarian UN convoy near Aleppo a few days after the introduction of ceasefire. When BBC World presenter Stephen Sackur asked whether Russia is ready to apologize for the blow as it did us leader Barack Obama after the impact of the coalition government forces in Deir-ez-Zor, head of the Russian foreign Ministry demanded proof of Russian involvement. “I would like to see such evidence,” Lavrov said (quoted by TASS).
Last week in the shelling of the Russian and Syrian government troops besieged Aleppo, according to the UN, killed nearly 400 civilians, including children. The Minister responded by accusing the West that he paid no attention to the suffering of the civilian population, when the “an-Nusra” has blocked the supply lines of the city.
“We have during the year had a lot of the humanitarian pause, at the request of UN – 48-hour, 72-hour”. “Every time these pauses were used “an-Nusra” to obtain from abroad the new fighters, ammunition and weapons”, – said the Minister.
At the same time, he noted that the humanitarian mission is important and Russia with the Syrian government tries to help the UN to achieve a pause in Aleppo to deliver humanitarian aid. “These are people controlled by the “an-Nusra” in the Eastern part of Aleppo and refuse to do it,” – said the head of the foreign Ministry.
Lavrov claims that there was evidence of the use of bunker-busting, phosphorous and cluster bombs in Aleppo and to make such statements, each case must be investigated. “We don’t use ammunition, which the UN prohibited”, – he stressed.
Their results of the first year of the Russian military campaign in Syria failed today in the Kremlin, calling the main positive result, that “ISIL, “al-Qaeda” and “jabhat an-Nusra” do not sit in Damascus”.
The situation was aggravated in Syria on 22 September, with the resumption of hostilities in Aleppo. Over the weekend the worsening situation in Aleppo discussed at an emergency meeting of the UN security Council. It the US and Britain was subjected to sharp criticism of Russia, and assigned to it the blame for the failure of the agreement on the ceasefire and the bombing of residential areas.
Washington close to the suspension of cooperation with Moscow on Syria. Russia, according to the United States, responsible for the use of prohibited weapons in Aleppo and in General for an offensive by Syrian government forces, the dire humanitarian situation in the city and alleged attacks on civilian infrastructure.