Lavrov slams US policy in Syria. Claims US trying to play Assad and ISIS off against each other and that US air strikes are not for real
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has put into words what many think.
The US is pulling its punches against the Islamic State, because it wants it to topple Assad.
At the same time it doesn’t want the Islamic State to take power.
That is why US policy is all over the place: waging war against both sides, whilst actually making the Islamic State ever stronger.
Lavrov compares this to “a cat that wants its fish but doesn’t want to get its feet wet”.
Here are his exact words in a radio interview:
"The problem around the U.S.-led coalition is that despite the fact that they declared its goal in fighting exclusively the Islamic State and other terrorists and pledged not to take any action against the Syrian army……, analysis of the strikes delivered by the United States and its coalition at terrorist positions over the past year drives us to a conclusion that these were selective, I would say sparing, strikes and in the majority of cases spared those Islamic State groups that were capable of pressing the Syrian army.
It looks like a cat that wants to eat a fish but doesn’t want to wet its feet.
They want the Islamic State to weaken Assad as soon as possible to force him to step down this or that way but they don’t want to see Islamic State strong enough to take power.
Our opinion of the developments after the anti-terrorist operation was launched in August 2014 is based on what we see and we see next to no concrete results but for the expansion of the Islamic State over this time.”