Sergey Lavrov: “Jabhat al-Nusra Seems to Be Protected”

Below is an excerpt from a press conference given by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov about reports that Russian forces in Syria had killed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State. Mr. Lavrov also discusses the fact that Jabhat al-Nusra, despite its being listed as a dangerous terrorist organization, seems to be immune from attack by American-backed forces in Syria.

Many thanks to D@rLin|{ for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:07   Of course, I heard the news.
00:11   The information that Al Baghdadi was killed is not fully confirmed, as far as I know.
00:21   I must say that in the past similar actions against heads of other terrorist groups were always
00:36   presented with a lot of enthusiasm and pomp, but experience shows that these groups always restored
00:50   their military preparedness and are still active — be they ISIS,
00:58   Al-Qaeda or their other incarnations,
01:10   including Jabhat al-Nusra.
01:15   It is still a mystery to us why Jabhat al-Nusra is de jure on
01:24   the list of terrorist groups for the UN, the USA,
01:39   And many other Western countries, as well as in Russia,
01:43   but de facto, we see in the fight against ISIS, we do not see any actions against Jabhat al-Nusra.
01:57   It seems that USA-led coalition continues the policies of President Obama.
02:09   Jabhat al-Nusra seems to be protected.

10 thoughts on “Sergey Lavrov: “Jabhat al-Nusra Seems to Be Protected”

  1. If we truly were a believer-free Unislamic States of America, we would be indifferent to opinion, and free to unilaterally engage and defeat piracy anywhere it raises its sinister Islamic head. The Barbary Wars need a conclusion, by diktat, specifically, our [the West’s) diktat, which includes restoration of Christendom’s borders of 632 ce. And reparations to be kept open for determination.

  2. I have no trouble believing this man, so the question must now be posed: Who is running the program of the United States military and its Allies in Syria?

    • At this point, no one really knows.

      Some commentators have postulated that the CIA and Pentagon are fighting their own proxy way in Syria and Iraq.

      These days that theory does not sound so far-fetched…

      • So the US military is still backing the so-called ‘rebels’, who are still fighting Assad, who is still protecting Syrian Christians….

        I thought Trump had been voted in as President? I guess I’m just old and confused.

        • Unfortunately us is ally of Saudi and Israel. Neither fans of assad. Us seem subservient to both.

    • Check out video interviews with the Russian representative to the OPCW. The integrity of the man shines brightly and one hears his dismay at U.S. foot-dragging and dissembling on the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria.

      The arrogance of Tillerson during the press conference with Lavrov in Moscow a month or so ago was amazing. Lavrov came across as sensible and one trying to corral an unruly child.

  3. among Russian dissidents, Lavrov is called “Ribbentrop”.
    Putin’s Russia officials, when say word of truth – it is to pull thousand trains of lies.

    this stuff discredits GoV, frankly.

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