The presence of Iran in Syria is legitimate, Lavrov was quoted as saying by another agency, Interfax.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemingly dashed American hopes that Moscow will put pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria, in a statement on Tuesday. The Shiite allies have sent forces to back Syrian President Bashar Assad, who appears to be headed toward victory after years of fighting. 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 televised remarks opening Israel's weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new U.S.
That was an allusion to Israeli military strikes in Syria, carried out against suspected Hezbollah or Iranian arms depots or in retaliation for attacks from the Syrian-held Golan.
U.S. officials are in Israel to discuss security concerns regarding the new ceasefire in Syria.
South Korea to hold summit with China on Saturday - Blue House
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a summit meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 11. They reaffirmed that their two countries have a great responsibility to ensure regional and global peace and prosperity.
Describing Israel's security policy as the "right combination of firmness and responsibility", Netanyahu said Monday that he has "informed our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs".
Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hezbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base".
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 USA policy remains committed to a Syria "free of Iran, free of Hezbollah, free of all these militias that the Iranians have imported". Israel saw that the trio-agreement didn't respond to the Israeli demand to drive out Iranians and their militias from the border with Israel at Golan.
Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Eisenkot reportedly flew to Brussels in secret on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the US army's European Command, and discuss Iranian moves in Syria.