The new strike by the US Air Force in Syria confirms Washington’s intention to use the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) for the fight against Bashar Assad’s government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Friday.

Moscow is concerned over differences in understanding the need to unite those who indeed fight on the ground and in the air against terrorists of the Islamic State and the former Jabhat al-Nusra, he said.

“We see the confirmation of an intention to use opposition and some extremists, including Jabhat al-Nusra, in the fight against the legitimate government of Syria,” Lavrov said.

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This comes amid Washington’s calls to stop all contacts with Assad, he said, noting that the US Congress had passed a law demanding punishment for those who cooperate with the legitimate government of Syria.

“This distracts us from the Syrian settlement and the major goal of this settlement – preventing the seizure of Syria and other parts of the Middle East by terrorists,” Lavrov said. “So, what we hear about Washington’s position on Syria now is in fact coddling terrorists.”

The warning

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has no information that Washington warned Moscow before delivering an air strike on Syrian pro-government forces, Lavrov pointed out:

“I don’t know about any such warning.”

US air strike against pro-government forces in Syria was illegitimate and unlawful regardless of what had caused it, the Russian diplomat added:

“The US command said the strike was delivered because these pro-government forces posed a threat to the opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition.”

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“Whatever the reason the US command made such a decision, the strike was illegitimate and unlawful. It was yet another crude violation of Syria’s sovereignty,” he stated.

An air force group of the US-led counter-terrorist group on May 18 attacked pro-government forces in Syria operating within the established de-escalation zone northwest of At Tanf. The coalition’s headquarters argued that the forces had posed a threat to the United States and its allies.

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http://tass.com/politics/946711

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    • Well, for largest sponsor of terrorism, I’d opt for either Qatar or KSA in front of anyone else. Turkey and Pakistan are not pussies at doing this too.
      USA technically can’t act as such level as it’d need budgets to be voted by congress.
      Oh, I’m not saying they’re not implied in dirty foreign politics and disgusting shenanigans, very far from it, but just think about the Contras funding scheme through IranGate and you get that the margin to such involvement is much more limited than many may think as such actions are illegal under US laws and congress will simply never pass an illegal funding.
      For sure, they were implied in many regime changes etc but if you dig a little, you’ll end noticing that the patters used were not in the way you thought they were.
      Thus, even if US admin was willing to do so, they simply couldn’t the ‘main sponsor’ simply due to how their state structure is made!
      And note that I’m not at all a fanboy of US foreign politics, very far from it! I even highly support the idea to Europeanize NATO, thus dumping USA, UK and Turkey (maybe Canada too, thus it may be interesting to keep ’em in) and have Russia in (and in the EU too). It’s faaaaar from favouring US foreign politics, actually, it’d highly weaken USA’s power!
      Nevertheless, you can only interact on reality when you understand what reality is!