Under the above heading, Mariana Belinkaya wrote in “Kommersant” about the intended visit of the Israeli Foreign Minister to Moscow, after a visit by a Hezbollah delegation to the Russian capital.
The article reads: The Israeli foreign minister’s first visit in years to Moscow was officially devoted to “controlling the scales” of bilateral relations. However, given the parliamentary elections that will take place in Israel in a few days and will be followed by a change of government, it is difficult to understand the urgency of the meeting between Gabi Ashkenazi and Sergey Lavrov, especially since the strategic issues in the interaction between the two countries have not been decided by diplomats for a long time.
The most interesting thing about the visit was not the public statements, but the news background. Ashkenazi’s visit came shortly after the visit of the Lebanese “Hezbollah” delegation to Moscow. A few hours before Ashkenazi’s talks with Lavrov, Israel once again dealt a blow to Syria, which invariably causes a negative reaction in Moscow.
However, Sergey Lavrov did not raise this issue publicly during his meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi. On the contrary, he stressed the common positions with Israel regarding Syria: a political settlement, and support for this country’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity.
In addition, Ashkenazi answered the “Kommersant” question whether Israel is ready to listen to Russia’s requests and stop strikes on Syria, by saying: “We will be ready with Russia, as well as with other countries, to try to solve this Iranian issue in another way, and we will be, In principle, we are happy with that. ” This means that if Russia manages to ensure Iran’s withdrawal from Syria, Israeli strikes on the territory of this neighboring country may cease.
Another issue is that Moscow is particularly unable to help here, although two years ago it facilitated the withdrawal of Shiite Hezbollah forces and other pro-Iran groups from the Syrian border with Israel. But not for long. Note that Moscow does not reject the role of mediator between Hezbollah and Israel.
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