This week, June 20-21, Israel was visited by the Chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev and the Chairman of Committee of Federation Council on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.
They met with members of the Knesset’s foreign Affairs and defense.
As writes the newspaper The Jerusalem Post herb of Canon, the Russian authorities are counting on the fact that Israel uses its influence on the opposition groups in Syria to persuade them to cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table.
Kosachev in an interview with this publication said that Russia’s actions in Syria serve the interests of other countries in the region, including Israel. In his opinion, the fall of the regime of Bashar al-Assad could lead to the fact that Syria will come to power forces that are more hostile to Israel and close in its ideology to the «Islamic state».
The MP also stressed the need for closer cooperation of Russia and Israel on Syria in the area of «exchange of information», including the groups with which Moscow is unable to negotiate. Thus Kosachev said that the fact that Israel’s contacts with such groups is no secret.
At the same time, Kosachev said that Russia can’t intervene in relations between the two countries, when talking about the demands of Israel to prevent the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah and to ensure the permanent presence of Iranian armed forces in Syria.