Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, has reiterated that Moscow will not stop its air campaign against terrorists in Syria.

“Russian airstrikes will not cease until we truly defeat the terrorist organizations ISIL [Daesh] and Jabhat al-Nusra,” he said at a news conference in Oman’s capital, Muscat, on Wednesday.

Responding to the remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who called on Russia to stop the air raids, Lavrov said, “I don’t see why these airstrikes should be stopped.”

Lavrov then went on to criticise the US-led coalition airstrikes saying “Our partners continue to avoid a pragmatic dialogue, which we have been offering them from the beginning. Indeed, this looks suspicious and raises questions about the real objectives of the coalition.”

Regarding a ceasefire in Syria, Lavrov said Moscow has “pragmatic ideas” and is looking “forward to discussing these ideas at the meeting on February 11.”

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