Russia: Iran has withdrawn 85 km away from the separation line with Israel’s Golan
The Iranian forces in Syria withdrew from the separation line with Israel in the Golan Heights by about 85 km, said the Special Envoy of the Russian President to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev in an interview with TASS.
“The Iranians have moved away, and the Shia formations are not there too. Maybe there are some advisers in the Syrian army, but heavy equipment and weapons that could pose a threat to Israel, they have been moved 85 km from the separation line with Israel, ” Lavrentiev said.
“Iran is on the territory of Syria legitimately. But we discussed with the Iranians whether there is a need for their military presence near the Israeli border,” Lavrentiev said.
“They frankly said that there is no need. Well, if so, why should you be there? Please move your forces”added Lavrentiev.
Israel carried out a wide range of air strikes on military positions inside Syria, directed against the concentration of Iranian weapons in the country or in response to infiltration attempts or rocket attacks.
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.
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.”