Russia Says All Uninvited Foreign Troops Operating in Syria Must Leave

Sunday, 26 Aug, 2018

Commenting on Bolton's demand that Moscow pressure Iran into getting its troops out of Syria, Paul said that while this was a "reasonable request", it should rather apply to "any foreign nation that has troops in Syria that haven't been invited".

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011.

Russian Federation has previously called it "absolutely unrealistic" to expect a complete Iranian withdrawal from the country.

The US military has thousands of Special Forces in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria and in the al-Tanf area in the vicinity of the Iraqi border in the eastern Syrian desert. But [Putin] said "I can't do it myself". So we will discuss what role they (the Russians) can play there.

The meeting nonetheless failed to produce a joint statement due to a disagreement about election meddling, which Bolton said he felt was "important to mention" and raised "a number of times". There aren't two sides, there are about seven or eight sides.

"Bolton's comments are created to continue pressuring adversaries and allies alike to make the switch to non-Iranian sources of crude and condensate", he said. In return, Iran accepted restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atomic bomb - if it chose to do so.

Bolton on Wednesday defended those strikes as "legitimate act of self defense" on Israel's part, and reiterated the US's steadfast support for the Jewish State in light of the threats posed to it by Iran.

"The Iran nuclear deal mitigated the effects of its mismanagement of the economy and gave the regime new life", Bolton said.

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"I don't think they (the Russians - ed.) want to be there".

Washington imposed new sanctions this month, targeting Iran's auto industry, trade in precious metals and purchases of U.S. dollars.

"He also told us that his interests and Iran's interests are not one and the same".

Bolton said he believed Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, followed by the reimposition of sanctions, was having a stronger effect than expected on pressuring Tehran.

Bolton also noted that the US under President Donald Trump had twice struck at Syria for its use of proscribed chemical weapons. With no entry or exit stamps on the tourists' passports, Iran will provide peace of mind for those who want to travel to Iran, the country of friendly people, ancient cultures and intact nature. In order to reduce tourists' concerns about USA sanctions, the Iranian vice president announced that foreign tourists' passports will not be stamped in Iran.

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the parties will also discuss Iran's presence in Syria.

"They know if they harm this country and this state in the slightest way the United States and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (Israel), would be targeted", Ahmad Khatami said. "If not, USA will continue maximum pressure to ensure they will never get deliverable nuclear weapons".