27 Dec 2017 13:58

Lavrov calls defeat of Jabhat al-Nusra main antiterrorist task in Syria after decisive strike on ISIL

MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - A decisive strike has been delivered to the ISIL terrorist organization, which is banned in Russia, in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"A decisive strike has been delivered against ISIL, and although some militants who have left the battlefield are trying to leave Syria, it is clear that the main fight is now behind us," the minister said while meeting with Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Syrian opposition movement Syria Tomorrow, on Wednesday.

"Of course, the main anti-terrorist task now is the defeat of Jabhat a-Nusra," Lavrov said.

"The Syrian army and their allies are pushing back Nusra members with our support, but they are still resisting, including, according to our information, using external aid," the Russian minister said.