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Russia: Lavrov meets Cypriot FM to talk bilateral ties, situation in Syria02:19

Russia: Lavrov meets Cypriot FM to talk bilateral ties, situation in Syria

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 31, 2016 at 10:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulidis to discuss bilateral relations, the situation in the Middle East region as well as Russia's representation at the Council of Europe, in Moscow, Monday.

Speaking on Russia-Cyprus relations, Lavrov stated that "today's situation in the relations with the European Union has affected the bilateral cooperation between our countries, especially economic and trade ties," before adding that "our relations continue to be characterised with a high level of mutual trust and respect."

Moreover, Lavrov appealed on Western countries, who have an influence on the opposition groups in Syria, to "force them immediately to separate, to dissociate themselves from al-Nusra in order that we could concentrate on the fight against terrorism."

He added, "if it doesn't happen, they basically make themselves accomplices of Jabhat al-Nusra and therefore become a legal target in accordance with the decisions made in the UN Security Council."

Russia: Lavrov meets Cypriot FM to talk bilateral ties, situation in Syria02:19
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulidis to discuss bilateral relations, the situation in the Middle East region as well as Russia's representation at the Council of Europe, in Moscow, Monday.

Speaking on Russia-Cyprus relations, Lavrov stated that "today's situation in the relations with the European Union has affected the bilateral cooperation between our countries, especially economic and trade ties," before adding that "our relations continue to be characterised with a high level of mutual trust and respect."

Moreover, Lavrov appealed on Western countries, who have an influence on the opposition groups in Syria, to "force them immediately to separate, to dissociate themselves from al-Nusra in order that we could concentrate on the fight against terrorism."

He added, "if it doesn't happen, they basically make themselves accomplices of Jabhat al-Nusra and therefore become a legal target in accordance with the decisions made in the UN Security Council."

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