Israel rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from Golan

Israel rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from Golan

The official said that Netanyahu told Lavrov "we will not allow the Iranians to establish themselves even 100 kilometers from the border".

He also reaffirmed "Israel will continue to act against any attempt by Iran and its proxies to entrench militarily in Syria".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier at a cabinet meeting that he would meet with Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov on Monday to discuss issues concerning the Syrian conflict.

In June, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier.

"There was a discussion between President Trump and President Putin about the resolution in Syria and how we might get the refugees back", he said.

Iran and Russian Federation back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year-long civil war, while the United States backs rebels fighting against Assad's rule.




Votel's comments come after a joint press conference Trump held with Putin on Monday in Helsinki, Finland, in which Trump said the United States and Russian Federation could begin new military coordination in Southern Syria to protect Israel from Iranian military operations.

In a sign of high tensions, Israel launched two David's Sling interceptor missiles at rockets which the Israeli military later said fell inside Syrian territory and were part of the internal fighting there.

It was Israel's first published operational use of the mid-range interceptors. When Israeli sensors realised they would land on the Syrian side, David's Sling was given an abort order for the interceptors to self-destruct in mid-air.

In response to a question whether Russian Federation will continue to buy Iranian oil after the USA sanctions come into effect in October, Dzhagaryan said "we do not accept unilateral United States sanctions".

"The Iranians are there, as well as the Russian military, at the invitation of the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic and participate in the operation to destroy the terrorists", he said.

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