Russian FM: Israel’s interests in Syria will be ensured

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he opposes the Washington-Moscow deal regarding Syria, Russia’s foreign minister said that Israel’s considerations will be taken into account during the discussions. He said that Russia is “doing everything possible regarding the matter.”
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Monday that Moscow and Washington “will ensure that Israel’s interests are included” in the talks about establishing safe zones in Syria. During a press conference in Moscow, Lavrov said that his country is “doing everything possible regarding the matter.” Lavrov’s statements come just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the current agreement reached by Russia and the U.S. regarding Syria.

The Russian RIA news agency reported that Lavrov harshly condemned the investigations being conducted in the U.S. regarding the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He said that anti-Russian views in America are preventing the country from reaching important agreements regarding global issues.

A significant part of the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Netanyahu yesterday in Paris was dedicated to the Iranian intervention in Syria. Netanyahu clarified that he is against the recent Washington-Moscow deal, which is supposed to distance Iran 20 kilometers from the Israeli border, because it preserves the Iranian presence in Syria. “Israel is aware of Iran’s intentions to expand in Syria,” Israeli government officials stated.

Netanyahu also talked with Macron about Hezbollah’s growing weapons arsenal and Hamas’ attempts to establish a stronghold in southern Lebanon. The French president said that he shares Israel’s concerns about the terrorist organizations.

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