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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

In support of its Iranian ally, Russia “stands in full solidarity with (its) people (and) government.” 

The Kremlin opposes hostile actions against the country, wants US war prevented, and continues working to restore peace and stability to Syria by eliminating the scourge of US-supported terrorists.

A Russian Foreign statement said “reckless” US hostility toward Iran could “destabilize the Middle East (and threaten) to undermine the entire system of international security.”

Last month, Sergey Lavrov said “Iran is legitimately present on Syrian territory to help fight terrorists, invited by the legitimate Syrian government.”

Its military advisors pose no threat to Israel or anyone else. US/Israeli claims otherwise are bald-faced Big Lies.

In late June, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev held talks with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat and John Bolton.

Thanks to the Saker, a translation of Patrushev’s statement can be read to understand Russia’s position on Iran and Syria, a figure with high-level status in Russia. He stressed the following:

Moscow fully supports “the territorial integrity and unity of the Syrian Arab republic, as well as the goals and principles of the UN charter,” adding:

“We have emphasized (the) importance of easing of the tensions (in) the country (Syria) between Israel and Iran, by way of implementation of the mutual approaching steps.” 

“We have made an emphasis that Syria must not be turned into an arena for geopolitical confrontation.” 

“We have also highlighted the need for the international community to help Syria rebuild its national economy.” 

“Among other things, Syria should be free of illegal trade restrictions, unilateral sanctions, as well as sanctions on economic operators that help Syria to rebuild. They also have to be free from all sanctions.”

“We stated the importance to unite the efforts to eliminate all remaining terrorists in Syria. We called for immediate disruption of all channels through which terrorists might be able to obtain weapons grade chemical materials and their precursors.”

Patrushev stressed the following on Iran, saying:

“Iran has always been and remains our ally and partner, with which we are consistently developing relations both on bilateral basis and within multilateral formats,” adding:

“This is why we believe that it is inadmissible to describe Iran as the major threat to the regional security and, moreover, to put it on par with the Islamic State or any other terrorist organization, especially, since Iran contributes substantial efforts to bring peace to Syria and to stabilize the situation in Syria.”

Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza seek regional peace and stability. They oppose US, NATO, and Israeli aggression, why Washington and its imperial partners are hostile toward them.

Patrushev stressed the importance of resolving regional issues “by non-military means.” US policy is polar opposite. The same goes for its imperial partners, notably belligerent Israel under its fascist regime.

At the same time, most NATO and other nations are reluctant to join a US coalition for war on Iran.

If they stick to their position, not letting Trump regime hardliners pressure, bully, or bribe them to ally with a US war of aggression against Iran, the possibility will be greatly lessoned.

Still, as long as hardliners running Trump’s geopolitical agenda want war on the Islamic Republic, the threat remains ominously real.

The full transcript of Patrushev’s comments, including answers to several questions, can be accessed through this link:

Russia’s Patrushev holds press conference following Russia US Israeli talks

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.