Argentina asks Russian Federation to arrest Iran official over 1994 Jewish center bombing

Flags of the Syrian regime were raised in Deraa as its troops took control of the city

Flags of the Syrian regime were raised in Deraa as its troops took control of the cityGETTY IMAGES

Russian President Dmitry Peskov's Spokesman said Putin's talks with my country focused "first and foremost" on bilateral relations and mechanisms for boosting cooperation.

Iran sees its presence in Syria as leverage in the regional battle for influence with Israel and U.S. Persian Gulf Arab allies, and Tehran also is said to be eyeing the hundreds of billions of dollars in contracts to rebuild Syria when the fighting is over.

Iran describes its military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian-allied militant groups in Syria as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel, whose destruction Tehran long has called for.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week said it would be "absolutely unrealistic" to expect Iran to fully withdraw from Syria.

"We will counter the Americans powerfully", he said.

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After Netanyahu and Putin's meeting on Wednesday evening, Israeli diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by the Ynet website that "Russia is acting to push Iranian forces from near the Syrian border".

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said leaders of the five Caspian Sea littoral countries will soon convene in the Kazakh city of Astana to sign a number of agreements and enhance their cooperation in various fields.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Putin in Moscow on Wednesday for talks focusing on Iran's presence in Syria, his third trip to Russian Federation this year to meet Putin.

Iran denies involvement and Velayati rejected the accusations as a lie in a 2015 interview with Argentine television channel C5N. "Soon the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will attend a summit in Tehran", said Velayati, who is expected to visit China shortly. "We will help Syria counter the U.S. aggression. This coordination does not have to correspond to Israel's demands". U.S. withdrawal from the multinational nuclear deal with Iran was also on the agenda, the Kremlin said in a statement. After years of ruinous civil war, Iran and its proxy militias, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, have built up a formidable presence stretching from the Iraqi border through central Syria to Lebanon. Other companies have said they are still assessing the situation and examining all possible risks.

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