US 'protecting Syria jihadist group' - Russia's Lavrov
Sept.30, Moscow: The US is trying to spare a jihadist group in its attempts to unseat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's foreign minister has told the BBC.
Sergei Lavrov said the US had broken its promise to separate the powerful Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) and other extremist groups from US-backed moderate rebels.
"They still are not able or willing to do this," he said. "We believe the plan was to spare Nusra."
He added: "They [have] never touched Nusra anywhere in Syria."
Mr Lavrov was speaking to Stephen Sackur on BBC World News TV on the first anniversary of the beginning of the Russian air campaign in Syria.
He defended the Russian bombardment of the besieged city of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian government forces.
The Oslo Times International News Network