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Russia: Call for Syrian army to halt Idlib push attempt to help Nusra front - RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Messahel in Moscow, Russia February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that calls by unnamed members of the U.N. Security Council for the Syrian army to halt an offensive in Idlib province were designed to help Nusra Front, the RIA news agency reported.

Lavrov was cited as calling Nusra Front “a terrorist structure” and calling on Western countries to use what he said was their influence to discipline its members. If they did not, he said the group would be destroyed.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Polina Ivanova