Russian, Israeli defense ministers discuss situation in S. Syria’s de-escalation zone

Russian, Israeli defense ministers discuss situation in S. Syria’s de-escalation zone

Russian, Israeli defense ministers discuss situation in S. Syria’s de-escalation zone

He returned to Israel shortly afterward.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Assad's main backer Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, yesterday, at the presidential complex in Ankara.

Syrian forces are systematically choking out rebel strongholds and forcing militia factions to negotiate surrender terms individually after Russian diplomatic interference prevented the West from forcing Assad to sit at a table and bargain with them all collectively previous year.

The report indicated that Iran used Jordan as a go-between to relay a message to Israel, saying it would not operate in southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan.‎.

According to Israeli sources, Russian Federation has grown increasingly frustrated with Iran's presence in Syria and is anxious that fighting between Israel and Iran threatens its hard-fought victories.

Assad admitted that there are Iranian officials "working with the Syrian army and offering help".

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"Fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership".

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Southern Syria is of concern to the United States, which previous year brokered a "de-escalation" deal with Jordan and Russian Federation that has largely contained the war near the frontier with Israel.

Turkey also says the USA should drop its support to the SDF, which is mainly established by the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to Ankara. -Gen. Tamir Heiman, and the head of the Defense Ministry's diplomatic-security division, Zohar Palti.

The negotiator claims that there are up to 100,000 Iranian or Iran-affiliated fighters in Syria.

"The role of Iran is getting bigger and bigger, at the expense of our people", Hariri said. "So we are supporting any global mechanism that could limit the influence of Iran in the region in general, and in our country in particular".

Assad accused Israel of being in contact with Syrian militants from the start of the seven-year war. "The Americans should leave". But Assad has beaten all expectations and now he's threatening to attack the Kurds in the northeastern sector of Syria where they are supported by American troops. "We invited the Russians, we could have invited the Iranians", he said.

It remains unclear, however, under what circumstances the troops will eventually leave and what will happen to their Kurdish allies, who say they are determined to maintain control over the area. "If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force", he said, adding "the Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave".

There have been no Iranian reactions to Israeli statements as of midday May 31.

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