Moscow expects Iran and Israel to exercise restraint and use only political and diplomatic means to resolve the situation, Acting Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Certainly, we know that pretty tough statements are being made. Of course, Moscow is concerned about the growing tensions and hopes that all parties will show restraint and resort exclusively to political and diplomatic means to solve all existing problems,” he said when asked about Russia’s attitude towards the deterioration of relations between Iran and Israel.

Earlier in the day, Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas that Russia is alarmed by the escalation of tensions between Iran and Israel and insists on the resolution of the conflict through a dialogue.

“In our contacts with the Iranian leadership and the leadership of Israel, including yesterday’s meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we emphasized the need for avoiding any mutually provoking moves,” Lavrov said.

“Both Iran and Israel have assured us that there are no such intentions. Nevertheless, such incidents do occur, as you know. It is particularly alarming that such incidents take place against the backdrop of statements emphasizing respect for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he stressed.

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Iran has shown restraint. Israel’s attacked Iranian interests in Syria on many occasions recently, killing personell and destroying assetts, but Iran didn’t retaliate, it just condembed their actions, that’s restraint. The Israelis use the same pretext every time they attack Iranian assets, “we’re only doing it to stop POSSIBLE Iranian agression”, which is never justifiable or reminiscent of any type of restraint at all on their part. Apart from Assad, Putin’s the only leader in Syria showing any restraint at all, the only problem is it’s too much restraint, the Israelis, the Turks and the US are all taking advantage… Read more »

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I think you missed something very important! You forget that in the Hague convention, using non-state actors/militias as proxies to wage war on another country, e.g. Iranian backing of Hezbollah or Hamas is a de facto declaration of war by the state that uses these proxies… So you’re wrong, Iran aggresses Israel for long, actually, they showed restraint e.g. as they haven’t done just like the French when OIJ (future Hezbo) sent a VBIED on French Blue-Helmets in Beirut in 1983, killing 58 paratroopers… Then 58 Iranian navy vessels or oil tankers were sunk and in a pretty nasty way,… Read more »

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Iran’s using proxies to protect Syria by invitation. The US, Britain, Israel, Turkey, the Saudi’s and several others, are either, funding proxy forces, providing intelligence, supplying weapons, providing medical assistance, giving safe haven or just plain mischief making, which is destroying Syria.
If every country involved in Syria ATM pulled their forces and funding out of the picture, and just left the rebel groups and Isis to fight Assad and the SAA alone, how long do you think the rebels would last. NOT LONG AT ALL.

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Russia is being two faced here. Israel is the aggressor having murdered many Iranians and Christian and Muslim Syrians. And now Russia appears to have been bought off by the Israelis. We had such hope for Putin, but he seems determined to protect the murderous Jews. What do they have on your Vlad.

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Amusing as, over 70 years, Israeli struggle to survive between very hostile neighbours only costed half as much lives as Lebanon suffered from the PLO triggered civil-war that started in 1975 in order to overthrow the country. They previously tried in Jordan… King Hussein shelled and had the aviation bombing Palestinian refugee camps killing 23,000, some even say 27,000, thus about 15x more than war on Gaza or the 2006 war on Hezbollah…
How funny nobody cares about PLO or Jordan responsibilities…

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@Nevesky, the Jews are no more murderous than the Arabs. The Yamnaya admixture is not only present in such “murderous” nations as Germans and Russian but also reached the near East. All are more or less common stock.

In 1948 the Jews and Arabs had a clash and later “exchanged” populations. Both sides robbed and ethnically cleansed their territory. Jews out of Muslim countries evicted to Israel most Palestinian Arabs evicted to Arab countries. About time the Arabs states share their loot with the Palestinian Arabs and settle them in their countries – like the Jews did with the “Arab” Jews.

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These utterances by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are most bizarre: “In our contacts with the Iranian leadership and the leadership of Israel … we emphasized the need for avoiding any mutually provoking moves,” Lavrov said. These words run counter to the Russian military actions against the terrorists since 2016, for which Syria, and all of humanity, still owes Russia an enormous debt of gratitude. This statement seems to equate Israel’s repeated acts of aggression against Syria in recent years with the military aid given to Syria by Iran. Would Lavrov have preferred Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah to have… Read more »

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Rusia hace mucho tiempo permite que Israel agreda a Siria y estas son las consecuencias. El gobierno Ruso debe ser firme con su actuación, otro gobierno que se burla de Rusia es Turquía que sigue abasteciendo con mercenarios y armas a los grupos terroristas.

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That’s the truth, hopefully putin will realize it too before it’s too late.

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Nope, the truth for Putin is all about preventing either Qatari “North Pole” or Iranian “South Pars” fields’ natural gasses not reaching the EU through pipelines!

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Good. Because I much prefer trade links with Russia. OPEC embargoed us before. Russia never did.

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Every week / month, Qatari LNG is supplied to Europe.

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Russia is embracing the lesser of 2 evils because the Saudi proposal would be a total disaster for Russia’s economy with no benefits at all. Where as the Iranian one wouldn’t be, it’d just be a small disaster but also come with a few benefits. The Saudis have been hurting Russia’s economy, with overproduction and under pricing tactics for a decade now, and if allowed, this pipeline would further contribute to this and escalate their trade war. Combined with sanctions and everything else, how resilient do you think the Russian economy really is, resilient enough to handle this extra burden,… Read more »