Russia has condemned Tehran’s remarks that Israel should be wiped off the map and also believes that solving any regional problems should not be viewed through the prism of a conflict with Iran, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

Tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating and there are historical reasons for that, Lavrov said at the opening of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s conference “Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields.”

“We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should be destroyed and wiped off the map. I believe this is an absolutely wrong way to advance one’s own interests,” Lavrov stressed.

“By the same token, we oppose attempts to view any regional problem through the prism of fighting Iran,” he noted. This is happening in Syria, Yemen and even the latest developments around the Palestinian issue, including Washington’s announcement of its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, are largely motivated by this anti-Iranian stance,” Lavrov emphasized.

On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump stated that time had come to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the Department of State to start preparations for moving the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel insists that Jerusalem is its “eternal and indivisible” capital, whereas the Palestinians seek to make the city’s eastern part the capital of their future state.

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Deo Cass
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Lavrov needs to read a good translation of the Farsi language before he opens his wide mouth! He probably is referring to what ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad said about the future of the “ZIONIST REGIME” in occupied al-Quds. He said quote: “One day the Zionist regime occuying al-Quds will cease to exist.” He never said anything about maps or land, or Israel. So Mr Lavrov next time you open your mouth just check what you are about to say first!

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Khamenei doubled down more than once since. There is no al-Quds in Israel, it never was an Arab country, BTW, and there never was a country named Palestine in history, never ever. Actually, it’s East-Jerusalem, Gaza and Judea-Samaria which you call ‘waste bank’ because it’d hurt your racist tongue to say “Judea” which means “land of the Jews”. BTW, Putin also said in an interview that the Iranian attitude towards Israel was intolerable, period. Iranian regime should better consider behaving : they should remember that Putin has already et down Saddam and Gaddafi… Moreover, Iran population even regrets the Shah… Read more »

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Daeshbags Sux, agree with you. These people are brainwash from day one on the minus side and it appears to be irreversible. Am so fortunate for who I am and proud of what I became to be in the majority club of civilisation. I have no hard feelings again’st or insane rebuttals comments towards them. I only wish the two could go out for an afternoon beer would be a winner. Peace.