Israel claims to intercept drone originating from Syria

Israel claims to intercept drone originating from Syria

Ali Akbar Velayati, an global adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced his country's readiness to make $50 billion of investment in Iran's oil and gas projects. "This is why, in order to advance peace and security, we have to curtail Iranian aggression in Syria and elsewhere in the region".

Velayati is in Russian Federation as a special adviser to President Hassan Rouhani and will travel to China on Friday, so the same request has also been made to Chinese authorities, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The two countries fought their last direct war in 1973, which formally ended with the signing of separation agreements in their not-yet-finalized borders in the Golan Heights.

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In a Thursday interview with VOA Persian from Moscow, Netanyahu's Arab media spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said Russian Federation "understands" Israeli concerns about the Iranian military presence in Syria. The two countries support President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Syrian civil war.

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed.

However, Iranian and Russian interests in Syria are not perfectly aligned, and Russia has needed to balance its positive relations with Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has opposed the presence of Iranians on the Israel-Syria border. But Israel has declined to comment on Syrian reports of other suspected Israeli strikes targeting Iranian-allied militant group Hezbollah in Syria in recent years.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that Velayati's visit was part of efforts to make Iran's stance clear after the U.S. pullout from the JCPOA signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. Israel, for its part, has repeatedly warned it will not allow Iran or its Shiite proxies to establish a permanent presence in postwar Syria.

Oil cooperation between Iran and Russian Federation can be boosted to some $50 billion and Moscow has expressed readiness to make this investment, the adviser on worldwide affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, told Iran's state TV, as reported by Mehr news agency.

Trump said at a news conference in Brussels on July 12: "I know they're having a lot of problems and their economy is collapsing".

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The Israeli military targeted Syrian regime forces' positions on Thursday in response.

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