• Piling Pressure Over Role in Syria Counterproductive

    Iran's presence in Syria is legitimate as it was requested by the Damascus government, says Russia's ambassador to Tehran, who believes that exerting pressure on the Islamic Republic will backfire. 
    "Just like the Russian military, the Iranians are there at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government and are participating in operations to eradicate terrorists," Levan Dzhagaryan said in a recent interview with the Russian daily Kommersant, TASS news agency reported on Thursday.  
    Moscow is concerned about a possible standoff between Iran and Israel in war-torn Syria, saying that Russia is doing everything possible to help prevent it. 


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