IRAN SAYS ISRAEL CANNOT INFLUENCE TIES WITH RUSSIA
A senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Friday, that, Israel cannot affect the cordial ties between Iran and Russia, Press TV reported.
The remarks were made by Ali Akbar Velayati, in Moscow on Friday, two days after Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu reiterated Israel's demand that "Iran needs to leave Syria."
"The process of developing relations between Iran and Russia is not one-sided and therefore, the irrelevant, meaningless and interventionist claims made by Netanyahu, do not affect Iran-Russia relations," Velayati retorted.
Iran's role in Syria will be a key topic, at an upcoming summit, between Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, in Finland's capital, Helsinki, on Monday.
Iran's and Russia's presence in Syria will continue to protect the country, against terrorist groups and U.S. aggression, the Iranian senior official said.
Velayati, former Iranian foreign minister, and incumbent international adviser, to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, travelled to Moscow on Wednesday, to convey messages from Khamenei and Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, to Putin
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK