Lavrov: “Free Syrian Army” is a ‘Phantom structure’


October 5th, 2015 – – Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear – 

“Free Syrian army”
and the moderate opposition remain broadly phantom structures, Russia asked the
US to explain what that organization is and where it is located, said Monday
the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

“The moderate opposition finds it
hard to boast any success, nobody knows about it, and actually nobody really
heard about the moderate opposition. They speak of a “Syrian free army”, but
this structure is now a phantom” – TASS.

“I have just I asked
(Secretary of state) John Kerry that they (USA) give us the information about where this army is and who runs it. We’ll even be ready to establish contacts if this
is a capable opposition”, – said the head of The Foreign Ministry.

Thus, according to the
Minister, nobody to date has told where and how the “Free Syrian Army” is
operating, or where the other teams of “moderate opposition” in fact are.

According to Western media,
before the news about the airstrikes of the Russian aerospace forces in Syria the
“Free Syrian army” (FSA) was considered “dead”, but after the spread of information about the beginning of Russian
military operation, the FSA was “exhumed to assume that these non-ISIS
forces became targets of Russian air strikes”.

On Thursday at the headquarters
of the coalition that was formed by the United States and its allies to combat
the “Islamic state” in Syria and Iraq, said they do not believe that Russian military aircraft conduct air strikes on
ISIS positions, but they can’t exactly say what Aeropace forces are bombing.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey
Lavrov, on the same day stated that Russia does not consider the opposing “Syrian free army” as terrorist group. The targets
of the Russian aerospace force in Syria are stockpiles of weapons and fuel
depots of the “Islamic state”, said the Minister.

Later Wednesday, the
U.S. denied reports about the strikes of the Syrian opposition by the Russian aerospace
forces. Prior to this, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow asks
Washington to present evidence of alleged attacks committed by Russia from the air on positions that
do not belong to the “Islamic state”.

On Wednesday the aircraft of
the Russian aerospace forces at the request of the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad began to conduct
air operations with the application of precision strikes on ISIS positions.

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