September 29, 2018 15:06
News ID: 2956

(Persia Digest) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has spoken to the press on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly, reports Sputnik.

Commenting on the prospects of international relations in the Middle Eastern region, Lavrov said that he doubts that isolation of Iran within its borders is possible. Instead, he called on development of dialogue that will consider interests of all regional powers, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other nations.

The countries participating in the nuclear deal with Iran, except the United States, have agreed create a mechanism to circumvent Washington's sanctions. Russian experts were "also taking part" in the establishment of such a mechanism, he added.

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"I see quite good prospects here if only our European colleagues will not say that their companies are not willing to work in Iran," the diplomat stressed.

Speaking about Russia's cooperation with Iran and Turkey in Syria, Lavrov noted that while Russia's goals do not necessarily coincide with those of Ankara and Tehran, the three countries are nevertheless allies in fighting terrorism.

"Our goals do not coincide 100 percent — probably even less than that — with those of Iran and Turkey when it comes to Syria. But at this stage we are allies in the fight against terrorism and preserving Syrian integrity and helping the Syrian people in order to create conditions for an inter-Syrian political dialogue and let them determine their own fate. I think the Astana format of cooperation is very useful," he said.
Russia is ready to mediate improvement of relations between Israel and Iran, Lavrov told reporters.
"We have been promoting the concept of a security system in the Persian Gulf for many years. We are in favor of establishing such cooperation… If we are perceived by both sides [Iran and Israel] as a convenient platform where they could meet, we will be only happy," Lavrov said.

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Persia Digest reports that Russia has offered to mediate between the two countries when Iran does not officially recognize Israel and believes that this land has been forcibly taken from the Palestinians, therefore making Israel a usurper that cannot be recognized as a country.

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