Russia says holding off air strikes on Nusra Front in Syria

Russia said it would be holding off conducting air strikes against the Nusra Front to allow other rebel groups to move away, the Defence Ministry said on May 25, 2016.
Russia said it would be holding off conducting air strikes against the Nusra Front to allow other rebel groups to move away, the Defence Ministry said on May 25, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS/RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday (May 25) it was holding off from striking rebels with the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front to give other armed groups time to move away from Nusra positions.

The ministry said in a statement it had received requests from multiple armed groups, mainly in Damascus and Aleppo, asking for a pause in air strikes.

The ministry said taking those requests into account, it had decided to allow more time before it starts air strikes on the Nusra positions.