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14 November 2017, 09:53 | Opal Carroll
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Russian Federation never promised the United States that Iran and Iranian-backed forces would withdraw from Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, adding that their presence in the war-torn country is legitimate.
If we speak of pro-Iranian forces, probably, someone would like to call nearly the whole Syria pro-Iranian.
The US team is in Israel to discuss the ceasefire deal brokered by the US, Russia and Jordan, designed to reach a new cease-fire agreement in southern Syria that will create a "de-escalation zone" adjacent to Israel's border, where Iran and Hezbollah, its terror proxy, will not be allowed to establish a presence.
"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.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the U.S. National Security Council has arrived in Israel for a meeting with Israeli counterparts on Tuesday that will focus on Iran and the situation in southern Syria.
As the Russian-Iranian strategic partnership has deepened over the previous year, Lavrov has sought to play down the potential for a wider regional war arising from Tehran's role in Syria.
Under the terms of a memorandum signed in Jordan last week between the United States and Russian Federation, which extends an earlier ceasefire agreed in Syria in July, all foreign forces in Syria are meant to be removed.
Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow Monday that Israel will act according to its "security needs".
The Iranian presence through proxies on Israel's border is seen "as a major strategic threat and - importantly - increasingly as one that can not easily be addressed by a paltry few kilometers of buffer near the Golan" he continued.
Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi said Sunday that the agreement "does not answer Israel's unequivocal demands that there will be no developments that bring Iranian or Hezbollah forces closer to Israel's border with Syria in the north".
While the agreement requires all foreign forces - including Iranian troops and those backed by Tehran - to leave Syria, the deal does not set deadlines for their departure. Gadi Eisenkot secretly flew to Brussels on Friday where he met with met with the head of the US Army's European Command Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.
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