Russian FM: US Attack on Syria Army Stops Anti-Terrorism Efforts

Tue Aug 4, 2015 12:56:49

Moscow believes that US plans to carry out military strikes targeting Syrian government forces are counterproductive in fighting terrorism in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Qatar; Al-Alam News Network reports.

"As for the latest developments (concerning the actions of the US-led coalition against the ISIL terrorist group), we posed a question to (US Secretary of State John) Kerry," he said on Monday, RT reported.

"We think it counterproductive to publicly announce that aviation will deliver air strikes to protect groups of the so-called moderate opposition. Such plans raise many questions. (These actions) will hamper anti-terrorist efforts."

On Sunday, US officials said that Washington had decided to allow air strikes to defend US-trained Syrian militants from any attacks, including those made by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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