Russian Federation: foreign forces must quit Syria's southern border

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Israel, which is also said to have received assurances from Moscow that it would not try to stop any future strikes on Iranian targets, is concerned about Iran and allied Hezbollah's growing arsenal on its doorstep.

Netanyahu is scheduled to head to Europe on Monday for a three-day trip, during which he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, Xinhua reported.

The Israeli and Russian defence ministers, Avigdor Lieberman and Sergei Shoigu, are due to meet on Thursday. "We are countering the Iranian military buildup in Syria that targets us and we are also acting against the [attempts to] transfer unsafe weapons from Syria to Lebanon", Netanyahu stated at the beginning of this week's government meeting.

"These things, of course, reflect not only our position".


Israel is vehemently opposed to Iran maintaining a military presence in Syria, however.

Syria is ready to guarantee Israel the retreat of the militants "Hezbollah" and "military advisers" - the de facto soldiers of the IRGC within a 25-kilometer zone from the border with Israel on the Golan heights, said this week the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, citing diplomatic sources.

According to Elaph, Iran may have been willing to negotiate with Israel this weekend as a result of losses Tehran has sustained in recent Israeli attacks in Syria.

Joshua S. Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project, wrote in an op-ed for the Hill on April 10 that any final settlement must entail the complete removal of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in all of Syria.


Israel argues the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear deal allowed Iran to expand its presence in the Middle East, both through its own forces and with proxy groups.

Germany, France and Britain have all expressed displeasure with Trump's decision to pullout of the nuclear arms deal with Iran.

Russian Federation is also backing Assad's regime in Syria and Netanyahu has held a series of recent discussions with President Vladimir Putin on Iran's presence there.


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