Russia: Iran's Presence in Syria is Legit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran’s presence in Syria is legitimateand that Moscow never promised to ensure the withdrawal of pro-Iranian forces from the country either. While the Syrian cease fire agreement calls for the removal of foreign forces press reports indicate there’s no deadline yet set. In any event, Israel will have to sweat out other “secret understandings.”

Furthermore, secret understandings among the parties provide for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Iran’s proxy forces to withdraw only a short distance from the Israeli border, at least in the near term.

According to Israeli sources, this is what the “buffer zone” separating #Israel from Iranian proxies could look like in southern #Syria following the US-Russia-Jordan agreement. From Twitter.

Israeli defense figures are troubled by this and by the fact that the superpowers seem unwilling to take genuine measures to kick Iran out of Syria in general, and southern Syria in particular.

Israel isn’t a party of the US-Russia ceasefire deal and insists it is not bound by it. More at the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told The Associated Press the agreement is a positive development. But he stressed that Israel is not a party to the agreement and will defend its interests.

“We have proved that before and we will prove it again in the future,” Katz said.

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