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Russian FM: US deliberately sparing Islamic State seeking to weaken Assad


TASS reports:

KHABAROVSK, November 17. /TASS/. The United States and its coalition seem to be sparing the Islamic State organisation so that while it weakens Syrian President Bashar Assad, it can never take power in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Vesti.doc programme on Rossiya-1 television on Tuesday.

“The problem around the U.S.-led coalition is that despite the fact that they declared its goal in fighting exclusively the Islamic State and other terrorists and pledged not to take any action against the Syrian army (life has proved they never went back from their words), analysis of the strikes delivered by the United States and its coalition at terrorist positions over the past year drives us to a conclusion that these were selective, I would say sparing, strikes and in the majority of cases spared those Islamic State groups that were capable of pressing the Syrian army,” he said.

“It looks like a cat that wants to eat a fish but doesn’t want to wet its feet. They want the Islamic State to weaken Assad as soon as possible to force him to step down this or that way but they don’t want to see Islamic State strong enough to take power.”

“Our opinion of the developments after the anti-terrorist operation was launched in August 2014 is based on what we see and we see next to no concrete results but for the expansion of the Islamic State over this time,” Lavrov said. “We noted tactical successes when a couple of cities were recaptured in Iraq.”


  1. Guest says

    Lavrov is politely saying the U.S. and NATO campaign is a fake.
    All those nations in this fake coalition colluding in this travesty. And they will shed tears over Paris! Hypocrites

  2. bill says

    Lavrov choosing his words very carefully ….The US/NATO had no such qualms in Libya

  3. Roger says

    The above comment seems to out of context with the post, but is meant to show how the US & Co. spend millions of tax-payers money cratering the desert to show anti-terrorist feelings…..

  4. Roger says

    Regarding an earlier post about the Istanbul New York Times quoting offical US sources that the US has bombed over 100 trucks used by Isis to smuggle fuel (via Turkey probably), it now appears (RT) that the Russians have destroyed some oil installations in the same place. Conclusion: either the US lied about the attack, or they bombed the desert, or they bombed an area which the russians had already put out of action. Stand by for Russia to be blamed for causing civilian casualties among the technicians present. If the US really did hit a few trucks the drivers are only collateral damage and don’t matter.

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