Sergey Lavrov spoke about the US’s curious inability to separate “moderate rebels” from jihadist terrorists at an Association of European Businesses briefing in Moscow.
A year after John Kerry promised to remove his beloved “moderate rebels” from Al Nusra and Al Qaeda, nothing has been accomplished on this front. Maybe its because those moderate rebels” are not moderate at all.
“The most important condition is the immediate and complete separation of the so-called moderate Syrian opposition from Daesh, al-Nusra Front and the like. Our US partners have promised us to do so eight months ago. As of now, nothing has happened.”
“Russia, as you know, has consistently been advocating for an early, peaceful and just settlement of the violent Syrian conflict.”
Sputnik News notes that the conflict in Syria comes down to the US supporting illegal jihadist fighters, while Russia has been invited by the legitimate, internationally recognized government of Syria, to cleanse the country of illegal jihadist fighters.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with so-called moderate opposition factions as well as extremist groups like Daesh fighting the Syrian Army to topple the legitimate government of President Bashar Assad. The United States has been supporting the allegedly moderate opposition forces in Syria, while Russia has been supporting Syria’s legitimate authorities.