Iran’s Velayati Says Mission in Moscow Unaffected by Netanyahu’s Russia Visit

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Russian Federation wants to establish a joint electrical grid with Iran and Azerbaijan, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told a briefing on Saturday, an APA correspondent reported from Tehran.

Before their meeting, Netanyahu told the Russian president: "Clearly our focus is on Syria and Iran".

Velayati also said that USA sanctions against Iran could raise oil prices and harm oil consumers. Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu was in Russian Federation recently to push Vladimir Putin on the idea of forcing them out of Syria.

Putin met Velayati just a few days before he is to meet US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, for the first official summit of the two since Trump in the office.

As fighting wanes after seven years of war, the US has made curtailing Iran's influence in post-war Syria a strategic objective - one strongly backed by Israel.

"Iran and Russia's presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America's aggression".

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He also praised Russia's support for Iran at the global level, especially in the United Nations, adding that bilateral relations in the defense, political, economic and nuclear fields indicate a long-term cooperation program between the two countries. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

Following news reports of the visit, Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral requested the arrest of Velayati. But it is not clear if Russian Federation will press Iran to remove those forces from Syria completely as Israel has demanded.

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.

Velayati, who is also expected to visit China in the near future, described Trump as an "unreliable individual... with relation to worldwide law who necessitates more and more cooperation (between Iran and Russia)".

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's top adviser on global affairs, smiles as he listens to questions from the media during a news conference after meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in Beirut May 18, 2015. 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. However, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 10 that Washington would consider requests from some countries to be exempted from sanctions it will put in effect in November 4.

Syrian state media said Israeli jets fired on military positions in the southwestern Quneitra province, inflicting material damage.

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