Report: Putin Suggested Iran Sanctions Relief for Removing Forces from Syria

Russian trust in Putin plunges to 39 percent
AFP/Pavel Golovkin

The Times of Israel reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a deal to Israel and the US that would see Iran remove its forces from Syria in exchange for an easing of Washington’s sanctions against Tehran, according to an Israeli report Tuesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu divulged the offer during a closed session of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Channel 10 news reported.

In the past, Russia has repeatedly asserted that it cannot force Iran and its proxies to withdraw from Syria in its entirety. Moscow has worked to convince Iranian forces to withdraw to at least 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Israeli border, but Israel has insisted that no Iranian troops be permitted anywhere in the war-torn country.

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