MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The West realizes that the main threat for the Middle East security is the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group, not Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, although not everyone is ready to say that out loud, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday.
“All our western partners with no exception say that they clearly understand what is the main threat in the Middle East and North Africa. It is not the Bashar Assad’s regime, but the Islamic State. If everyone realizes that, but many whisper it, fearing to say it out loud, it is necessary to implement that in action,” Lavrov said during the Voskresnoye Vremya (Sunday Time) show on Channel One.
Lavrov added that battling the Islamic State on the Syrian territory without participation of the official Syrian government makes no sense.