Lavrov's comment apparently referred to areas including the Syrian Golan Heights region abutting the Israeli Golan Heights and the border with Jordan, and indicated that Russian Federation was open to Israeli demands that Iranian forces be kept far from Israel's borders. On May 10, a day after Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, Iran and Israel exchanged strikes, with Israel hitting major Iranian infrastructure inside Syria.
Israel has repeatedly vowed to prevent Iran establishing a permanent presence in Syria and Lebanon and has carried out dozens of air strikes against Iran-backed forces and attempts to smuggle advanced weapons to Hezbollah.
He added that Syria "has not been in any negotiations related to the southern front", defending the Iranian presence in Syria and describing it as "legal" as it came at the request of the Syrian government "unlike the illegal presence of the Turkish and American troops in Syria".
Assad's threat to use force against USA allies in Syria and about 2,000 American troops providing them with air support and training prompted a warning from the Pentagon.
But, she did call upon Syria and Iran - along with Russian Federation a key military ally to the Assad regime - to pressure the Assad regime to ensure violence does not break out between Syrian and American-backed forces. "We see there is a gap between Iranian and Russian interests, and Netanyahu has been explaining that", Abrams said.
Israel has warned it will not tolerate having Iranian advisers and the Shiite militias they support move close to its border.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert expressed concerns about an operation in southwestern Dara'a province, claiming that it fell within a de-escalation zone in Syria.
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Over the years, Israel has watched as different groups in southern Syria came to control different parts of the area near the Golan border.
Russian Federation blamed Israel for the attack.
Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, has reiterated that Iranian military personnel in Syria are "military advisers" and they are not in southern Syria, the Sharq newspaper quoted him as saying on June 2.
Apparently referring to the May 10 attack by Israel, Mr Assad said: "We had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian casualty".
In an interview with the Shargh daily published on Saturday, he said that Iran's defense strategy has been drawn up based on the experiences of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and proportionate to threats. In the a year ago, Netanyahu and his top ministers have stepped up diplomacy with Moscow to make the strategic case that it's not in Russia's interest to allow Iran to turn Syria into a client state like Lebanon, according to US and Israeli officials.
In the interview with RT, the Russian state's worldwide broadcaster, Mr Assad raised the prospect of conflict with U.S. forces if they do not leave Syria.
"Neither Turkey, nor USA has a right to negotiate [about] the [fate of the] Syrian cities", he said, as cited by the Syrian SANA state news agency. "We consider what have been achieved in Syria result of Syrians' efforts to eradicate terrorism", noted Shamkhani who was defense chief from 1997 to 2005.