News ID: 217520
Published: 0212 GMT June 30, 2018

Russia: West's interventions benefit terrorists in Mideast

Russia: West's interventions benefit terrorists in Mideast

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the West's interventions in the Middle East and North Africa benefit terrorist groups operating in the region.

In an interview with the UK's Channel 4 on Friday, Lavrov said that the West's “adventures” over the past couple of decades have created Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Daesh in Iraq and Nusra Front in Syria.

In Syria, he said, "there is another beast that was born – Jabhat al Nusra (Nusra Front), which changes names, but is another terrorist organization."

"Whatever the civilized West is trying to bring to the Middle East and North Africa turns out to be in favor of terrorists," he added, Press TV reported.

Asked about a possible withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, Lavrov stressed that Moscow has set no deadline for such a pullout and that everything depends on the situation.

"We do not like artificial deadlines, but we have been consistently reducing our military presence in Syria. The last reduction took place a few of days ago. More than 1,000 troops have come back to Russia, some aircraft and other equipment as well. It depends on what is the actual situation on the ground," he said.

The top Russian diplomat further noted that Moscow, along with the Syrian army, had managed to foil Daesh plans to create a so-called caliphate.

Daesh remnants and Nusra Front terrorists, however, are preventing the full implantation of a de-escalation zone deal in southern Syria, he said.

"So there are some leftovers. Besides, we do have, not actually full-fledged bases, but two places where our naval ships and our aircraft are located in Syria and they might be usefully kept for quite some time," Lavrov pointed out.

Russian jets have been conducting air raids against Daesh and other terror outfits inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.

Elsewhere in his interview, Lavrov praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for "protecting his country and in a broader sense the region from terrorism," adding that the future of the Arab country must be decided by its own people.

 

 

   
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