Top adviser to Iran's Khamenei says meeting with Putin was 'very constructive'

Top adviser to Iran's Khamenei says meeting with Putin was 'very constructive'

Top adviser to Iran's Khamenei says meeting with Putin was 'very constructive'

Israel says it fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft approaching its border from Syria, for the second time this week.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hailed his country's "strategic relationship" with Russian Federation ahead of a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

This was in response to a question about Israel demanding a pullout of all Iranians from Syria.

Ali Akbar Velayati said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei valued improving Iran's ties with Russian Federation.

"In these messages, our country's views and stances regarding the US' selfish and illegal behavior are explained to other countries", he said.

After Netanyahu and Putin's meeting on Wednesday evening, Israeli diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by the Ynet website that "Russia is acting to push Iranian forces from near the Syrian border".

"There is continuous military cooperation between our military and the Russian military in Syria", Gendelman said.

The Israeli army has launched multiple air strikes against Iranian and pro-Iranian targets in Syria, while an American official said that the Israeli army has carried out an attack targeting the site of an Iraqi armed group in eastern Syria on June 17.

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That incident came as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin about Syria and Iran.

For that to happen, Israel would want guarantees that Assad honor a decades-old agreement that sets out a demilitarized zone along the frontier and limits the forces each side can deploy within 15 miles (25 kilometers).

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati highlighted a plot hatched by the US to disintegrate Iraq and Syria and said, "The US is seeking to divide Iraq into three parts and Syria to five".

One deal, valued by Iran at some $4 billion, was signed with state-owned Zarubezhneft on a joint project to boost production at two brownfield sites.

Russian Federation has publicly called for the withdrawal of Iranian troops from a post-war Syria but can not guarantee Iranian compliance.

Iran, following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal, is facing stiff sanctions and can not afford to lose Russia's support, nor will it be able to provide Assad with the same level of support.

As for Tehran-Moscow cooperation on Syria, Velayati said.

A US State Department official said this month that Washington's goal was to get as many countries as possible down to zero Iranian oil imports.

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