The Russian foreign minister stressed today that Moscow does not support the Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction. “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,” the top diplomat said, as quoted by TASS.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a rare rebuke of Tehran on Monday as he sat next to his Iranian counterpart. Speaking at the opening of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s conference in Moscow, Lavrov slammed Iran’s calls for Israel’s destruction.
“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, as quoted by Russia’s TASS News Agency.
“By the same token, we oppose attempts to view any regional problem through the prism of fighting Iran,” he stressed. “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.”
Yesterday evening, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to a warning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued at the Munich Security Conference earlier that day. “Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,” Netanyahu said. “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.”
“Well, if they try to exercise that threat, they will see the response,” Zarif told NBC’s Bill Neely in an interview.