Russia: Only Syrian Forces Should Be on Israel, Jordan Borders

Russia: Only Syrian Forces Should Be on Israel, Jordan Borders

Russia: Only Syrian Forces Should Be on Israel, Jordan Borders

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Syrian troops should be positioned on the border with the Golan Heights, which have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Mideast war.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said in remarks to the Knesset on Monday that Iran should be pressured to leave Syria altogether.

"When you consider the advanced weapon systems - surface to surface missiles and anti aircraft systems - that the Iranians want to deploy in Syria, it becomes clear that they must be prevented from doing so in all of Syria and not only within a limited distance from the Israeli border", Chagai Tzuriel, director-general of the intelligence ministry, told Reuters.

Reports suggest that Syria's government, which has been reinforced and supported by Russian Federation, is preparing for a major offensive against rebel groups in the area bordering Israel.

Israel is increasingly optimistic that it may be coming close to its longheld goal of driving a wedge between Russian Federation and Iran in Syria, a senior Israeli official said today. The agreement was reportedly reached in December previous year and seeks joint coordination to counter Iran's missile program and its proxy network across the Middle East.

According to the report, the understandings were ‎reached in a series of indirect meetings in Jordan, ‎where Iranian officials, including the envoy to ‎Jordan, met with top Jordanian officials, who in turn ‎met with senior Israeli security officials.‎. It stressed that the Syrian army was determined to retake all parts of Syria.

Jordanian officials served as mediator, shuttling messages between the two rooms, according to the report.

One participant told Elaph that the Iranians "arrived at a quick agreement" that its forces would not intervene in fighting near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border, surprising the Israeli representatives.

After Lavrov's comments, Israel called for its arch-foe Iran to be denied any military presence in Syria. Israeli forces have carried out increasingly intense strikes against Iranian targets in Syria in recent weeks and in the process have inflicted serious damage on the Assad regime's air defences.

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