Russia is concerned about a future military clash between Iran and Israel and is doing everything possible to prevent it.
By: World Israel News Staff
Russia is concerned by the possibility of a military clash between Iran and Israel and is doing everything possible to prevent it from happening, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said, The Jerusalem Post reported.
In an interview published in the Russian daily Kommersant on Wednesday and quoted by the Post, Dzhagaryan said that “sometimes conflicts arise, and we are naturally concerned about the possibility of military confrontation between the Iranian and Israeli forces in Syria. We do everything possible to prevent it. To prevent the escalation of the conflict.”
Dzhagaryan told the paper that Iran is a “friendly country” and “one of our key partners” which cooperates with Russia in “various spheres.”
Iran’s presence in Syria is legitimate because it was invited by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he asserted.
“Iran is not a country that you can put pressure on. This is a big state, pursuing an independent foreign policy. Work with Iranians can only be a method of persuasion,” Dzhagaryan said.
Israel has repeatedly declared it will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria.
The IDF has carried out multiple strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria in an attempt to stymie its military buildup.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently met with their Russian counterparts several times in an attempt to achieve an understanding on this issue.
“The Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard more than once, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria,” Liberman stated last week.