Former Israeli Ambassador to Russia: PM Medvedev’s Professed Warmth Toward Jewish State Ahead of Upcoming Visit Does Not Contradict Moscow’s ‘Multi-Sectoral’ Ties With Iran, Hezbollah

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Photo:

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Russia doesn’t weigh it problematic or contradictory to corroborate ties with Israel while backing the regime in Syria or captivating in “multi-sectoral relations” with Iran, the Palestinians and other Muslim states, a Mideast and Russia prompt at an Israel-based research organizing told The Algemeiner on Sunday.

Zvi Magen, from the Institute as far as concerns National Security Studies, was explaining the weight of Saturday night’s interview in successi~ Israel’s Channel 2 with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in opposition of his upcoming visit to the Jewish public and Palestinian Authority. During the parley, Medvedev stressed the “warm” relations that popularly exist between Moscow and Jerusalem and those that he hopes devise continue to develop in the future.

Magen — who served as Israel’s legate to Ukraine in 1993 and to Russia in 1998, of the same kind with well as heading Nativ, the Liaison Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Office, what one. maintained contact with Jews in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War — said that the Russian president verily meant what he said. “It is veracious that bilateral economic and strategic cooperation betwixt the two countries are good as antidote to the time being. And Russia clearly considers Israel influential enough to warrant the effort.”

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This site could change, Magen said, “But generally it is in the interests of the one and the other sides.”

Magen dismissed claims in the Hebrew urge last week  — reported ~ dint of. The Algemeiner – that the IDF is in a panic-grass about the encroachment of Russia’s singly aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

First of the whole of, Magen said, “The IDF is not in a alarm, because nothing is happening that it cannot discuss. Secondly, Russia’s move was not directed at Israel. It was in that place to reinforce the troops fighting attached behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. This does not make some ~ in. the strategic balance in the realm at all.”

In his one-on-one chat with Channel 2’s Yonit Levi, Medvedev related, “Russia and Israel can effect many things together, for various reasons. My current goal similar to prime minister of Russia is to arouse trade between our countries, to the advance the interest of of both our markets… We bear a number of key projects to step up cooperation in the fields of pharmacology, agricultural technology… bottom and gas…”

Asked by Levi through Russia’s involvement in the Syrian intestine war and support for the rough Assad regime, Medvedev replied:

“As you firmly know, ISIS and other Islamist terrorist organizations in Syria and other countries in the tract have recruited thousands of Russian citizens. Those the vulgar return from their ‘delegations’ like zombies…as instructed murderers and terrorists. We wouldn’t have need of them – upon their return from strife in Syria – to decide to fix something similar in our country.”

As in favor of Assad, Medvedev said, “I be assured of him personally. One can view him in diverse ways. Some like him; others truly don’t. That’s not the period. The point is that, at the importance, Assad is the only legitimate sanction operating in Syria. He is the born in wedlock president. And if there is conference of regime change, it has to exist done legitimately. I remember that for the period of meetings with the Israeli leadership, I was told delicately, ‘We don’t endure Assad, but it’s better to be in actual possession of someone in control of the position – controlling the country – than to encounter the unraveling of the country and universe of terrorist-ruled enclaves.”

Medvedev – who called the altercation surrounding the recent UNESCO resolution, which Russia supported, denying Jewish ties to the heavenly-minded sites in Jerusalem “blown passage out of proportion” — was further evasive when addressing the Israeli affair about weapons falling into the hands of Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists.

“My preface is that in such a trial, nobody would take measures that would be augmented tensions or the conflict,” he responded. “I muse everybody understands this. In Syria, they certainly acquire to understand it. I hope everything devise be ok…”

He then went up~ to reiterate that neither this, nor Russia’s intermarriage with Iran, “contradicts” its “excite relations with Israel, which we trust to preserve and cultivate. This is in circumstance the aim of my visit…”

In June, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked steady his fourth trip to Moscow to collect with President Vladimir Putin. Though, being of the kind which Magen told The Algemeiner at the time, dividend of its purpose was to trace the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties betwixt Israel and Russia, “but his [Putin’s] weal in being a major player whither resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned is core to his realpolitik.”

Russia, Magen explained, “is in cause of distress. It thought it would be talented to ‘sell’ the Americans and Europeans tot~y kinds of regional achievements. Meanwhile, Israel has its avow issue with the United States, and flaunting its increased ties with Moscow is a resolved mode of action of saying, ‘America, where be in possession of you been? Ok, if you’re not doing your dividend, I have to do it alone, through the help of Russia.’”

Another shared benefit, according to Magen, has to render with neither side’s desire against Iran to become a regional hegemon.

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