Russia has extended support to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, countries believed to have been attacked by Israel under cross-border agitation against Iran and its regional accomplices.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s special presidential delegate for the Middle East and Africa reached out to Iraq’s national security adviser Faleh al-Fayed who is also the chairman of state-backed Popular Mobilization Forces. Both the representatives met in Moscow last evening and as per the statement from the foreign ministry of Russia, “a detailed discussion of views from both sides on key issues of the Middle east schedule with the situation in Iraq being the focus along with neighboring Syria.”
Both dignitaries are believed to have considered, “ requirement for intense attempts targeted to bring about security and stability in the region and fight international terrorism most specifically ISIS.”
Whereas the Russian representative reasserted Russia’s firm support towards unity, sovereignty and territorial uprightness of Iraq.
Though Israel hasn’t yet officially claimed responsibility for each of the attacks, even the one carried out in Iraq but it is believed that it is broadly the enlargement of anti-Iran agitation that has annoyed Russia.
Russia had sided with Iran in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2015 during his face-off with rebel and jihadi insurgency that flared up in 2011 and the chain spread out with backing from the United States and its regional accomplices which included Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Russia’s intercession had helped the government of Syria regain control over most parts of the country but the action also indirectly led to building up of Iran led militias forming an opinion of threats from Israel which gave a push to its scheduled airstrikes against these groups.
Russia has made several efforts to neutralize its relations with Iran and Israel by backing Tehran’s role in the dispute along with its wide regional role and on the other hand trying to keep its allies forces away from Israel’s border and by staying out against strikes carried out by Israel though it did condemn the strikes.