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DOS: Lavrov’s Claim US Could Use Nusra Front in Syria to Oust Assad Absurd

© AFP 2021 / Fadi al-Halabi / AMCFighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in armed vehicles in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as they head to a frontline. (File)
Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in armed vehicles in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as they head to a frontline. (File) - Sputnik International
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The idea that the United States wants to spare the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militant group, previously known as the al-Nusra Front, is absurd, Department of State spokesman Mark Toner said in a press briefing on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow does not rule out that the United States intends to use the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham as part of its "Plan B" to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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"I don’t know what he [Lavrov] means by it…but it is absurd," Toner commented.

The Syrian nationwide ceasefire deal, forged by the United States and Russia, went into effect on September 9. It was shattered by numerous violations, triggering escalation of hostilities between the Syrian army and militants in the city of Aleppo.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that Washington failed to implement the key priority of the September 9 agreements which was delineation of moderate opposition armed forces and terrorist groups.

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