Russia Urged to Resist Israel's Demands on Iran

Russia Urged to Resist Israel's   Demands on IranRussia Urged to Resist Israel's   Demands on Iran
An Iranian MP says Netanyahu is seeking to mar the relations between Tehran and Moscow but will not achieve his goals

Russia should not give in to "excessive demands" of Israeli officials who are seeking to form an international alliance against the development of Iran's defensive capabilities, says a lawmaker.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Moscow on Monday and are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear deal and its involvement in Syria.  

"In his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu will be seeking to build a consensus against the Islamic Republic to question the strengthening of the defensive and missile capabilities of the Islamic Republic and wants to mention it as a threat to others," Lawmaker Abolfazl Hassan-Beiki told ICANA in an interview published on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump gave the nuclear deal a final reprieve on January 12 but warned European allies and the US Congress they have to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a US exit. Key European powers reportedly plan to pressure Iran into curtailing its ballistic weapons arsenal to convince Trump to maintain the nuclear agreement. Iran says its missile program is purely defensive.    

  No Compromise

"Russia has so far maintained a decisive stance against Israel and has also defended the views of the Islamic Republic.

On the other hand, it is well aware that the Islamic Republic would never make any compromise with any country on its national interests and security," noted Hassan-Beiki, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.  He added that Netanyahu plans to mar the relations between Tehran and Moscow but will not achieve any of his goals.

"In his talks, Putin should be careful about excessive demands of the Zionist regime," said the lawmaker who represents the city of Damghan in north-central Iran in the parliament. Hassan-Beiki reiterated Iran's stance that it will not hold any negotiations over its missile program, which is necessary to defend the country's territorial integrity.

He also said Israel and the United States have been attempting to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement, adding that Russia should be vigilant in its dealings with Israel. Iran will not allow Israel to interfere in the nuclear accord negotiated between Iran and the UN Security Council's five permanent members (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US) plus Germany in 2015, the official stated.  


  Russian Policy

In addition, Lawmaker Mohammad Javad Abtahi argues that the Kremlin's policy is to retain some relations with Israel to keep its ambitions for regional dominance in check while protecting Russian interests. "Netanyahu will not be able to achieve all his objectives from relations with Russia because although it will not sever its relationship with Israel, it will definitely not do anything that would harm its ties with Syria and Iran," he told ICANA in an interview published on Sunday.

Iran and Russia support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels in the country's civil war, which began in 2011.


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