Argentina Ask Russia to Arrest Iran Official over 1994 Bombing

Larry Hoffman
July 15, 2018

The leading adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday had been "very constructive and friendly" and that Moscow would invest in the Iranian oil sector. US officials are pushing for oil consumers to reduce their purchases of Iranian crude "down to zero", Brian Hook, US director of policy planning and chief negotiator on Iran nuclear deal talks, said Wednesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Mr. Putin in Moscow earlier this week that focused heavily on the Syrian crisis.

On Saturday, the Russian president will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel's main concern is to keep arch-enemy Iran, also an Assad backer, as far away from its border as possible - along with its proxy, the Lebanese Hizballah.

The Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line in the Golan Heights had been quiet until recent years when occasional spillovers from the Syrian civil war began occurring.

Israel has accelerated a mostly unspoken campaign of airstrikes across targets it associates with Iran in Syria.

Iran and Russian Federation back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war. "This coordination does not have to correspond to Israel's demands".

"Therefore, it is necessary that the cooperation [between Iran and Russia] be increased", Velayati said.

Israel can not affect the cordial ties between Iran and Russia, Velayati said in Moscow on Friday, two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Following news reports of the visit, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral requested the arrest of Velayati, the Jerusalem Post said.

The Iranian leader, however seemed to suggest otherwise, promising that the U.S. presence in Syria would eventually be removed.

He said Iran and Russian Federation will maintain their military presence in Syria to make sure terrorists will not resurge.

Commenting on relations, he said ties between the two countries have always been on the rise.

Israel also said it carried out several strikes on Iranian forces in Syria this year in response to Iranian rocket fire and an Iranian drone infiltration from Syrian territory.

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