The United States tried to include areas captured by the al-Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria’s Aleppo in a recently established ‘silent period‘ according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Lavrov told Sputnik news that this was bought up during ceasefire negotiations between Moscow and Washington.
Al Qaeda in Syria calls itself “Al Nusra” and they along with Daesh terrorists are not covered by the US-Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement in Syria.
Sputnik news reports:
Lavrov pointed to evidence that linked the Turkish government with al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorists, which have been excluded from all previous ceasefire deals brokered by Moscow and Washington for Syria.
“During the negotiations, our US partners actually tried to draw the borders of this ‘zone of silence’ to include a significant number of positions occupied by al-Nusra [Front]. We managed to exclude this as it is absolutely unacceptable,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov suggested that some party wanted to manipulate the United States into shielding al-Nusra Front militants from government fire.
“This indicates that someone wants to use the Americans. I do not believe that it is in their interest to shield al-Nusra [Front]. But someone wants to use the Americans to shield the al-Nusra [Front] from strikes,” Lavrov said.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry said that al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria continue provocations seeking to escalate tensions in the northern part of the Latakia province and the city of Aleppo, which has resulted in the disruption of the “silent” period.
Russia and the United States brokered a “silent” period on Thursday to be implemented for 24 hours in the Damascus’ suburbs and for 72 hours in the northern Latakia province, starting at midnight on April 30.