Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov is defending Iran's presence in Iran Syria, where Moscow has joined Tehran in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against a 2011 uprising. Iran's role in the conflict, which Viktorov argued was crucial.
"They are playing a very good," he added. That is why, for this period of time, we see as non-realistic any claims to any foreign troops from the entirety of the Syrian Arab Republic, "Viktorov told Israel's Channel 10
"We can talk to our Iranian partners very frankly and openly, trying to persuade them to do or not," he added. When asked if Russia could expel Iran by force, he answered: "We can not." [1
Iran and Israel have long-traveled existential threats, accusing one another of destabilizing the region and backing militant groups. Iran has thus portrayed itself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and has vowed to return to Palestinian lands they settled before the 1948 Arab Israeli was that erupted in the wake of Israel's creation. Israel has been accused of having its nuclear program, which Iran has maintained strictly for peaceful purposes.
is a close ally of Iran's top two rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and the two were among the few international voices opposing a 2015 nuclear deal signed by the U.S. and Iran, as well as China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. In May, President Donald Trump announced he was abandoning his predecessor's landmark deal, just as Israel is rampaging up his own campaign of airstrikes against targets suspected of being associated with Iran and its allies, including the Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, in Syria. by subscribing to
The situation grew critical that same month after pro-Syrian government forces retaliated to Israeli strike with a series of rocket attacks on the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, a southwestern Syrian strip of land seized during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel staged an overwhelming response against Syria since 1973 in 1973. That conflict ended in a 1974 truce and, as the Syrian government reclaims the de facto border from insurgents for the first time in years, Russia has joined the US Iran and Israel in the disputed region where Israel has recently shot down drones and a Syrian jet.
Last month, Russia reported Hezbollah and allies to pull back from the Syrian offensive to retake Daraa and Quneitra and reinstate the pre-2011 status quo which Israel and Jordan have said they were willing to abide. Syria, but Iran has publicly resisted this call, saying it would stay as long as it was welcomed by Assad, who recently called for Russia's military to stay long-term as well. He has joined Russia and Iran in calling the U.S. Iran's suspicions about Israel's regional ambitions.
"The Zionist regime (of Israel) seeks a weak Syria and counters whatever leads to the strengthening of the Syrian nation and government Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told Syria's envoy to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud on Sunday, based on the semi-official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
Prospects of A closer US-Russia relationship in Syria has been raised since Trump's first official bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month in Helsinki. Russia has continued to meet both Israeli and Iranian officials, and Israeli opposition to Iran's presence in Syria.