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Moscow has no official confirmation US wants to eliminate al-Nusra leaders

November 11, 2016, 10:48 UTC+3

Moscow is also not making any plans on the future counter-terrorism cooperation with the US at the moment, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Moscow does not have official confirmation of the US President Barack Obama's order to eliminate leaders of Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorist group, this information is not confirmed, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.

"If a decision like that has been made, we can only hail it," he said in response to a question from TASS.

"However, in foreign policies and diplomacy reactions are given to official statements, and as yet we have not seen anything of the kind."

"It is complicated to comment on information in the media, especially in the media like Washington Post, for which reliability of published information has not been characteristic recently," he said. "In some cases, it was simply not true."

The Washington Post, referring to representatives of the US Administration, wrote that Barack Obama "has ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria that the administration had largely ignored until now and that has been at the vanguard of the fight against the Syrian government." The newspaper wrote about the "decision to deploy more drones and intelligence assets against the militant group formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra."

Moscow is also not making any plans on the future counter-terrorism cooperation with the US right now, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.

"We’ll wait and see. The new president was elected only two days ago so it is too early to make any plans," the diplomat said, responding to a question by a TASS correspondent. "As for the statements made before the elections, it is all pre-election rhetoric," he added.

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