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Russia: Lavrov comments on reports of al-Baghdadi's death02:19

Russia: Lavrov comments on reports of al-Baghdadi's death

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 16, 2017 at 14:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he wasn't able to give 100 per cent confirmation that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike, speaking in Moscow, Friday.

Commenting on images released by the Russian Ministry of Defence of Syria airstrike which may have killed IS-leader Al-Baghdadi, Lavrov said, "naturally I have heard about these reports." He however said that he could not give complete confirmation that he was dead.

During the press conference, held alongside his Laos counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith, Lavrov said that the Unites States is 'doing everything to shield Jabhat al-Nusra."

"Jabhat al-Nusra keeps being a big mystery," Lavrov stressed, before adding "despite the fact that it has been designated as a branch of al-Qaeda... we don't see any real fight against it."

"The US-led coalition is behaving the same way it did under President [Barack] ABM's administration - they are doing everything to shield Jabhat al-Nusra."

The press conference followed a meeting between the Russian and Laotian top diplomats, where they discussed bilateral relations as well as further cooperation between Russia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Russia: Lavrov comments on reports of al-Baghdadi's death02:19
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he wasn't able to give 100 per cent confirmation that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike, speaking in Moscow, Friday.

Commenting on images released by the Russian Ministry of Defence of Syria airstrike which may have killed IS-leader Al-Baghdadi, Lavrov said, "naturally I have heard about these reports." He however said that he could not give complete confirmation that he was dead.

During the press conference, held alongside his Laos counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith, Lavrov said that the Unites States is 'doing everything to shield Jabhat al-Nusra."

"Jabhat al-Nusra keeps being a big mystery," Lavrov stressed, before adding "despite the fact that it has been designated as a branch of al-Qaeda... we don't see any real fight against it."

"The US-led coalition is behaving the same way it did under President [Barack] ABM's administration - they are doing everything to shield Jabhat al-Nusra."

The press conference followed a meeting between the Russian and Laotian top diplomats, where they discussed bilateral relations as well as further cooperation between Russia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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