Former Finnish PM points to signs of improvement in Russia-West relationsWorld May 24, 17:20
Russia's legendary Su-27 fighter marks 40 years since its first flightMilitary & Defense May 24, 17:19
Russian lawmaker comments on US decision to end military subsidies to UkraineRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 16:30
Nine Russian missile regiments rearmed with advanced ICBM systemsMilitary & Defense May 24, 16:01
Perm session completes cycle of regional offsite events in run-up to SPIEF 2017Press Releases May 24, 15:38
Ka-52 helicopters to have advanced weapon targeting systemMilitary & Defense May 24, 15:09
Amsterdam Court may look into appeal against Scythian Gold ruling in fallSociety & Culture May 24, 15:04
Russian ground forces to be fully rearmed with Iskander-M ballistic missiles by late 2020Military & Defense May 24, 14:58
Russian security chief calls for cooperation on cyber threatsRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 14:34
BRUSSELS, January 29, 1:00 /ITAR-TASS/. The statements that the Syrian authorities formed the organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and finance it in order to create sources of a terrorist threat are unscrupulous, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing on Tuesday on the results of the Russia-EU summit.
“We believe the statement that the Syrian government established the organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, uses it and finances it in order artificially to create a terrorist threat to affect the minds of the Europeans and remain in the saddle are unscrupulous in the extreme, and those who control the Syrian opposition, especially those who control its propaganda machine, are vastly responsible,” Lavrov said.
“We talked with our American partners about the need to prevent steps that would encourage terrorists to be more active in Syria,” Lavrov said. “As to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, its aim is not only to seize power in Syria but also to create an Islamic caliphate all over the region. Its rivals are people of the same kind in Jabhat al-Nusra or in the recently formed Islamic Front, people with confirmed terrorist groups in their midst. The Islamic Front has a special department responsible for the introduction of the Sharia law,” Lavrov noted.
Thus, “resumption of the deliveries of lethal and non-lethal arms into this region means running the risk that wrong people will get hold of these arms, the way it already happened earlier many times,” Lavrov said.