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Italy: Creation of 'Army of Aleppo' may just be al-Nusra rebranded - Lavrov02:51

Italy: Creation of 'Army of Aleppo' may just be al-Nusra rebranded - Lavrov

Italy, Rome
December 2, 2016 at 15:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that opposition forces standing behind the creation of the so-called "Army of Aleppo" in the eastern part of the city could seek to "rebrand" al-Nusra terrorists, while speaking at a press conference with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Friday.

Lavrov said: "Practically all armed opposition groups in eastern Aleppo report to al-Nusra. Nusra has some 1,500 militants there, while other groups, who have under their command up to 6,000 militants, report to Nusra. And as it has been announced about the creation of 'Army of Aleppo' I don't rule out that this is just another attempt to rebrand al-Nusra Front and shield it under the new name from righteous retaliation."

Both ministers also touched upon bilateral economic relations, stressing that despite a decline in trade in the recent years, Italian "businessmen stake on the Russian market and on Russia," said Gentiloni.

Italy: Creation of 'Army of Aleppo' may just be al-Nusra rebranded - Lavrov02:51
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that opposition forces standing behind the creation of the so-called "Army of Aleppo" in the eastern part of the city could seek to "rebrand" al-Nusra terrorists, while speaking at a press conference with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Friday.

Lavrov said: "Practically all armed opposition groups in eastern Aleppo report to al-Nusra. Nusra has some 1,500 militants there, while other groups, who have under their command up to 6,000 militants, report to Nusra. And as it has been announced about the creation of 'Army of Aleppo' I don't rule out that this is just another attempt to rebrand al-Nusra Front and shield it under the new name from righteous retaliation."

Both ministers also touched upon bilateral economic relations, stressing that despite a decline in trade in the recent years, Italian "businessmen stake on the Russian market and on Russia," said Gentiloni.

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