US opposes Israeli-Russian agreement on Iran, Hezbollah evacuation from Syria

Meanwhile, Syrian Army forces are heading to southern Syria to combat militias.
Israeli PM Netanyahu and Russian President Putin meet in Jerusalem. Photo Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/FLASH90

The U.S. disagrees with the Israeli-Russian understandings over the withdrawal of Iranian and Hezbollah forces from southern Syria and the return of Assad forces to the area. According to the report by Asharq al-Awsat, the doubts regarding the understandings were passed by Western diplomatic sources and stress that "the U.S. administration wants to continue exerting pressure on the Syrian regime."

Yesterday, Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vasily Nebenzya gathered a conference meeting where he confirmed the Israeli-Russian agreement on the Iran and Hezbollah evacuation from the southern border area. Nebenzya said: "I cannot say if the agreement is already implemented on the ground, but the sides involved in reaching the agreement are pleased with what they achieved. If it did not happen on the ground until now, it will happen in the near future."

The Arab newspaper also reported that Jerusalem political sources said that Israel and Russia have reached an understanding that would let the Assad forces to take back control over the southern part of the country, near the border area, in exchange for an evacuation of the Iranian forces. “Moscow said it understands the Israeli demands for withdrawing Iranian forces and their militias from Syria," the sources said.

In the meantime, the Russian Hmeimim air-base announced Thursday that forces of the Fourth Syrian Army division are heading towards southern Syria in order to fight the Jubhat al-Nusra militias.



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