Israel Protests Russian Failure to Keep Pro-Iranian Forces from Golan Border

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel has protested to Russia that the latter has not kept its promise to keep pro-Iranian forces from approaching the Syrian-Israeli border on the Golan Heights, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday night.

Senior Israeli officials said the message was conveyed to Moscow through several channels: via Israeli ambassador to Russia Gary Koren, defense officials and civilian officials.

A ceasefire agreement for southern Syria signed last November called for pro-Iranian forces to be kept a distance of 2 to 15 miles, and that is the provision which is apparently at issue now.

In addition, Israel reportedly repeated its request that plans for the transfer of S-300 defense systems to Syria be canceled, after a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry earlier on Wednesday that the S-300s would be sent in the coming days.