BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamist faction the “main problem in Eastern Ghouta”, during a joint press statement with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Moscow on Friday.
“We still don’t have evidence that the coalition led by the United States, is viewing Jabhat al-Nusra as a real target,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.
He also went on to say that the Astana process for the Syrian peace settlement, initiated by Russia, Iran and Turkey, “prevents these [American] plans [of Syria’s partition].”
Lavrov added that this is part of the information war, noting that the Western colleagues “succeeded in giving vent to their emotions.”
“And in practice these emotions have resulted in recent UN Security Council’s discussions attempting to adopt the resolution which declaratively announces an immediate humanitarian pause for at least 30 days,” he said.
The top diplomat noted that no guarantees are given that the armed groups will also respect this humanitarian pause.
The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Friday, February 23, on a draft resolution proposing a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, intended to allow humanitarian aid to reach the region.