The renaming of Jabhat al-Nusra did not make it a moderate opposition grouping and no talks can be held with it, Chief of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday.
"The renaming [of Jabhat al-Nusra] into Jabhat Fateh al-Sham has not turned it into moderate opposition," Patrushev told journalists.
"No matter how the armed grouping can be called, it has no place at the negotiating table, if it uses terrorist methods. It has to be destroyed," Patrushev said.
This grouping poses considerable threat along with the Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), Patrushev said.
The international community has recognized Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist organization. According to the UN data, more than half of militants active in Syria’s Aleppo are fighting in its ranks, the chief of Russia’s Security Council said.
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