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Need to arm Syrian army to take on Islamic State: Russia

  • Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has called upon leading world powers to help in arming Syria’s army, describing it as the most effective force against the Islamic State militant group.

    His remarks came as the US and Nato expressed concern over what they perceive as a Russian military build-up in Syria.

    Russia is an ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

    Lavrov said it was not possible to defeat Islamic State “with airstrikes only”. 

     

     

    Tagged as: Russian, foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, Syria army, Islamic State, US, Nato, Bashar al-Assad, world news