In a Thursday video, al-Nusra Front leader Mohammed Jolani said the group had split from al-Qaeda and changed its name to Jabhat Fath al Sham, or "The Front for Conquest of Levant."
"In terms of how the UN system views them, there’s consolidated list of all of the individuals and entities associated with al-Qaeda. And al-Nusra continues to be on that list," Haq told journalists.
Earlier on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the any attempt by a terrorist organization to change its image is futile.
Al-Nusra Front, banned in Russia, as well as other extremist groups, has been fighting in Syria against government forces since the outbreak of a civil war in the country in 2011.