Iranian Presence in Syria Is Legitimate, Russia Says Amid Israeli Concerns

Postado Novembro 14, 2017

Lavrov, who was quoted by RIA news agency, denied comments made by senior USA officials that the recently announced ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed militias would be withdrawn from the country.

The presence of Iran in Syria is legitimate, Lavrov was quoted as saying by another agency, Interfax.

"If you look at who is the greatest danger, it's just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the U.S. supports", Lavrov said. The Shiite allies have sent forces to back Syrian President Bashar Assad, who appears to be headed toward victory after years of fighting. Russia, which views Iran as a key player in resolving the crisis in Syria, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the role that the Islamic Republic plays in the war-torn country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had intensively lobbied in Moscow and Washington for the agreement to create a 37-50 mile secure buffer zone between Israel and Syria.

Speaking to a special session of the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow that Israel will act according to its "security needs". According to reports, the new ceasefire agreement would allow for Iranian troops to remain some 5 kilometers from Israel's border.

Israel on Sunday did not offer an official response to the tripartite agreement produced by Russian Federation, the USA and Jordan regarding on a cease-fire in southern Syria.

Tel Aviv revealed, Monday, a secret meeting held last week between IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and US General Curtis Scaparrotti in Brussels - it meant to discuss Iran's dominance in Syria and intention to impose its presence in the region via installing land and navy military bases.

The reason for this move, according to Reuters, citing an Israeli official, is to separate between rival factions inside Syria.