Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

63,000 Russian Federation troops fought in Syria since 2015

63,000 Russian Federation troops fought in Syria since 2015

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it needed to understand if there was political will in Washington to cooperate with Russia as it prepared for a meeting between U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev.

A second tranche of sanctions on Iran's banking and energy sectors, set to be imposed in November, is expected to have an even bigger impact on the country's economy.

"But he also told us that his interest and Iran's were not exactly the same".

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said it would increase the country's defensive capabilities and not give in to United States pressure to do away with the ballistic missile programme, according to Reuters. He did not elaborate.

Iran insists its nuclear program has been for peaceful purposes.

Though allied with Assad, Moscow has largely given Israeli warplanes a free hand over Syrian skies and has turned a blind eye to frequent strikes attributed to Israel targeting outposts housing Iranian and Iran-backed forces and armaments, including heavy weapons convoys believed destined for Hezbollah.

"They [Iran] know what we expect and when they are ready to conform to that there's opportunity for settlement", Bolton said.

"Every time Iran has brought missiles or other threatening weapons into Syria in recent months Israel has struck those targets".

"Iran, not Russian Federation, is the dominant actor in Syria", Perlov wrote, while adding that the Islamic Republic "controls the Syria- Iraq and Syria-Lebanon border crossings, and tailors the re-organization of areas and communities based on an ethnic element". Kurdistan 24 suggested then that Trump was seeking Russia's assistance in restraining Iran in order to withdraw United States forces from Syria, and Bolton's comments on Thursday essentially confirmed that. Trump had announced in May that he was pulling the U.S. out of a Barack Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it "decaying and rotten". "Besides sanctions, they are talking about war and negotiations". Neither issue was covered by the 2015 agreement.

Moscow looks set in its ways and Washington remains "very much interventionist", Paul said, citing as one example United States failure to fulfil its promises not to expand North Atlantic Treaty Organisation eastward to the borders of Russian Federation.

"Our objective" is that "all Iranian forces" in Syria-both "regular and irregular"-return home, Bolton said".

Tehran has not given an inch to Trump's pressure despite an economy beset by high unemployment and inflation and a rial currency that has lost half its value since April. The protests over the cost of living have often turned into anti-government rallies.

In an interview he gave as recently as this week, Trump, decrying the ongoing special counsel probe into connections between his presidential campaign and Russia, said the investigation "played right into the Russians' - if it was Russia - they played right into the Russians' hands".

Commenting on the speech, Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Jerusalem, said: "It is clear that both he [Bolton] and Israeli prime minister and Israeli government are nearly in lockstep in their view on the "Iran problem", as Netanyahu continues to outline it".

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