Russian FM: Syria Aid the Same as It’s Always Been

Again Urges West to Involve Syria in Anti-ISIS Fight

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov again addressed the media today surrounding a sudden flurry of Western criticism of its support for the Syrian government, reiterating that Russia is providing the same aid it’s been providing throughout the civil war, and that they are based on the same contracts with Syria that have been in place for years.

The complaints about Russia’s involvement in Syria follow myriad media reports, many from Reuters, claiming Russia was dramatically increasing its military presence in Syria. Russia denies this, and says the only troops in Syria are military advisers, and in no greater number than before.

Even though the whole story is based on unconfirmed media reports citing unnamed sources, NATO has latched onto the story, and despite offering no evidence of its own is expressing “concern” about the allegations. NATO nations have been trying to block Russian aid flights to Syria in recent days, at the behest of the US.

Lavrov went on in his comments to insist that the US-led anti-ISIS coalition really needs to include the Syrian government if it wants better results. The US has been resistant to this, supporting regime change as well as opposing ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria, meaning they’re averse to materially all of the major factions in the nation.

Author: Jason Ditz

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