The news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who added that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate.
After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified that Israel will continue to intervene in Syria in accordance with its security interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that the Iranian presence in the war-torn state is legitimate.
"If you look at who is the greatest danger, it's just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the U.S. supports", Lavrov said.
Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi said Sunday that the agreement "does not answer Israel's unequivocal demands that there will be no developments that bring Iranian or Hezbollah forces closer to Israel's border with Syria in the north".
Pressed by a reporter as to how exactly the Russians would convince the Iranians to withdraw from Syria entirely, the official described the memorandum as having "kind of extended that (earlier) progress to really turn the area into a de-escalation area", before reiterating that U.S. policy remains committed to a Syria "free of Iran, free of Hezbollah, free of all these militias that the Iranians have imported". Russia, which views Iran as a key player in resolving the crisis in Syria, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the role that the Islamic Republic plays in the war-torn country.
In addition to the Syria agreement, the officials are likely to discuss Iran's alleged construction of a military base less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Israel's Golan border.
Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow Monday that Israel will act according to its "security needs".
In recent months Israel has held talks with Moscow, Washington and Amman in an attempt to ensure that the agreement will define the buffer zone some 40 kilometers from the borders of the Jewish State.
According to reports, the deal applies to Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria. Needless to say, the Israeli defense apparatus is unhappy, realizing there is no willingness on the part of the super powers o actually challenge Iran's expansionism in Syria.
Over the weekend IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot made an undeclared trip to Brussels to speak with the top United States general in Europe.