Lavrov slams silence towards presence of thousands of terrorists in Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that there shouldn’t be an endless silence towards the presence of thousands of terrorists in Idlib, asserting that eliminating terrorism is in the interest of all.

Lavrov, interviewed by the German Newspaper Rheinische Post, said “Eliminating terrorism hotbeds in Syria is considered in the interest of the European Union as it will decrease the level of the terrorist threat from the region and will reduce the flow of immigrants.”

Earlier on Wednesday, during a press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ivory Coast Marcel Amon-Tanoh in Moscow, Lavrov affirmed that the US and some Western states are trying to prolong the crisis in Syria and to protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in order to achieve certain geopolitical goals.

During the interview, Lavrov asserted that the presence of the Russian forces in Syria aims at combating terrorism upon a request by the Syrian Government.

He indicated that changing any regulatory rules of the presence of these forces will be done by the competent authorities in the two countries.