Russian FM Says U.S. Pursues 'Hidden Agenda' in Syria

Lavrov said Saturday that in contrast to American claims that it is intervening in Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State group, the U.S.’s true goal is to overturn the Syrian government supported by Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov enters a hall during his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of pursuing a “hidden agenda” through its military involvement in Syria.

Lavrov said Saturday that in contrast to American claims that it is intervening in Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State group, the U.S.’s true goal is to overturn the Syrian government supported by Moscow.

Lavrov told the press while visiting Lisbon, Portugal, that “my suspicion (is) that the U.S. looks upon ISIS as a justification for their military participation in Syria,” using a different acronym for the Islamic State.

“In contradiction to their loudly trumpeted claims that their main task is the eradication of terrorism in Syria, they have another hidden agenda,” Lavrov said.