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Syria and Israel: Between Biden and Putin

26 9 3
21.01.2021

Israel has been talking about Syrian messages, indicating Damascus's desire to normalise relations with it. Meanwhile, Syrian sources from Ankara spoke about a meeting sponsored by Moscow at Khmeimim Air Base, between Ali Mamlouk with Gadi Eisenkot. Damascus denied news of the meeting, reaffirmed that the Golan Heights is still occupied and confirmed its position supporting the Palestinians' right to self-determination.

However, Sergey Lavrov's statement on Tuesday and his message to his "Israeli colleagues", "if you have facts that your state is facing threats from the Syrian territory, report the facts urgently and we will take every measure to neutralise the threat," raises the question of what the Kremlin thinks about Syrian-Israeli relations. It may even shed more light on the dynamics of the Russian-Iranian relationship in Syria and around it.

It is no secret that the time when Moscow needed the Iranian military and alliance presence in Syria is long gone. The Kremlin has previously announced that the time for major battles in Syria has ended, and that the destinies of the Syrian north, east and west will be decided on the negotiations table, not on the battlefields. It is also no secret........

© Middle East Monitor


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