Moscow “doesn’t see any facts that the US is seriously battling Al-Nusra [now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham],” Lavrov said in an interview to Channel One Russia on Sunday. He said that American fighter jets return to their air bases with unspent ammunition.
The jets make a lot of flights but their efficiency is very low, about 15-20%. Washington even called on Moscow to cease bombing runs in Aleppo, because “there are also allegedly representatives of the “moderate opposition,” who are surrounded and have nowhere to go except to Al-Nusra,” he said.
Fighters from the al-Qaida group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, stand among destroyed buildings near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. These calls are suspicious, the minister said. According to Lavrov, Washington officials ask, “So don’t touch Al-Nusra, because it is not humane in relation to the normal guys, and we will fight Al-Nusra later.” But “this ‘later’ never comes.