Russia claim about Nusra 'absurd' - US
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Russia's claim that US protects al-Nusra 'absurd' - US

Russia's claim that the US is trying to spare a jihadist group in its attempts to unseat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is "absurd", says US State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

He rejected the assertion by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the US was protecting the group formerly known as al-Nusra front in order to somehow make use of it later in the conflict.

Mr Toner was questioned by the BBC's Barbara Plett Usher at a briefing in Washington.

  • 30 Sep 2016
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