Russia alarmed by Jabhat al-Nusra’s refusal to leave Aleppo — Lavrov

Moscow does not see US-led coalition’s efforts to fight Jabhat al-Nusra, the Russian top diplomat says.

Russia is alarmed by a refusal of Jabhat al-Nusra militants (terrorist organization banned in Russia - eds. TASS) to leave Aleppo, in spite of goodwill gestures of Moscow and Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

"We are alarmed that despite goodwill gestures of Moscow and Damascus around Aleppo, we see that Jabhat al-Nusra militants are refusing to leave the city," Lavrov said.

Moscow confirms to the US that it is ready to extend Aleppo ceasefire if gunmen do not step up their activities, the minister said, adding that Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies sabotaging efforts to deliver aid to Aleppo.

All armed groups in Aleppo subordinated to al-Nusra, Moscow has handed over their list at Lausanne meeting, Lavrov said.

First published by TASS.

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