Lavrov refuses to condemn either Israel or Iran as their rivalry intensifies

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow refuses to be embroiled in Iranian-Israeli hostilities and rejects that Israel should not exist, while regional problems should not be blamed on Iran.

Lavrov said at the opening of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s conference titled “Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields,” that tensions between Iran and Israel exist because of history.

“We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should be destroyed and wiped off the map. I believe this is an absolutely wrong way to advance one’s own interests,” Lavrov said.

“By the same token, we oppose attempts to view any regional problem through the prism of fighting Iran,” he noted.

“This is happening in Syria, Yemen and even the latest developments around the Palestinian issue, including Washington’s announcement of its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, are largely motivated by this anti-Iranian stance,” Lavrov emphasized.

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