Russian envoy: Deal reached to keep Iran 85 km from Israeli-Syria border

After Israel rejected offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from border, Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev claims ‘we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers from the Israeli border.’
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Russia and Israel have reached an agreement to remove Iranian forces in Syria to within 85 kilometers of the Golan Heights border, Russia’s special envoy for Syria told the Sputnik news agency on Wednesday.

“As we took into account the Israeli concerns, we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers (some 53 miles) from the Israeli border,” Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said.Lavrentyev also noted Moscow believes Israeli concerns over the presence of Iran and its proxies near the Golan border are decreasing. “Yes, of course, we are certain of this,” he told Sputnik in response to a question about it.

Iran's army chief meets with his counterpart in Syria

Iran’s army chief meets with his counterpart in Syria

Last month, Israel rejected a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria 100 km (62 miles) from the border, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly telling Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that it was not enough.

“We will not allow the Iranians to establish themselves even 100 kilometers from the border,” Netanyahu told Lavrov, according to an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The Russians are speaking about (the 100-km buffer zone) and are committed to it, but we said there are also long-range weapons beyond this zone, and all those forces must leave Syria,” the official said.

Even before that, Israel had turned down a proposal by Russia, the big-power backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, that Iranian forces be kept 80 km from the frontier.

Netanyahu met with a visiting Russian delegation led by Lavrov on July 23 to discuss Assad’s advance in southwest Syria and “issues related to Israel border security.”

Pro-Iranian militias in Syria

Pro-Iranian militias in Syria

Another Israeli official described the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, as “an important meeting at a significant time in which we discussed the details of Iranian presence and activity in Syria, while presenting maps and intelligence materials, as we explained our policy to push Iran out of Syria.”

The official said Israel will maintain full freedom of operations for the IDF, and detailed what the removal of Iran from Syria should entail: “First of all, all the long-range weapons must be removed from Syria; precise weapons production must be stopped; other strategic weapons, such as air defense, must be removed as well; the border crossings that allow the smuggling of these weapons must be closed, including on the Syrian-Lebanese border where weapons are smuggled into Lebanon, and the Iraqi-Syrian border through which weapons are smuggled from Iran into Syria itself.”

Russia has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. However, Moscow has said it wants to see the separation of forces on the frontier preserved.

First published: 08.01.18, 08:39

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3 Comments on “Russian envoy: Deal reached to keep Iran 85 km from Israeli-Syria border”

  1. wingate Says:

    Wow – thats great ! Uranians will for sure stick to the deal !
    Just made a deal with my cat :
    My cat promised me to never again catch a mouse or bird !
    Isnt that great too ?

    Finally we can say :
    Peace in pur times …..

    Somebody has slightest doubts ?
    Naaaaa…

    • Peter Hofman Says:

      IF this is true it is extremely dangerous for Israel
      I can not believe that there is a deal with Israel about this , this MUST be fake news .


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