Bolton offers dialogue in return for Russia abandoning Iran | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Bolton offers dialogue in return for Russia abandoning Iran

After holding talks in Israel, US National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to fly to Geneva to meet with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. This will be the first meeting between the two countries senior officials following the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, Kommersant writes. While in Israel, Bolton made it clear on numerous occasions that he intended to bargain hard in Geneva. Topping the meeting’s agenda will be Syria, where Iran has been maintaining a significant presence, to the US and Israel's chagrin. Trump's national security adviser also made an intriguing statement in Jerusalem, saying that the US, Israel and Russia had a common goal to contain Iran in Syria. Moreover, Bolton claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him that his interests in Syria did not coincide with those of Iran so he would like to discuss it with the US... Israeli expert Benny Briskin told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that "Israel will be satisfied only with the full withdrawal of the Iranian military from Syria." According to him, Israel "will continue to act tough, carrying out missile strikes on enemy positions, so it will be hard to reach any compromises with Russia." Given all of this, the US and Israel have actually made a suggestion to Russia ahead of the upcoming meeting between Bolton and Patrushev to stop supporting Tehran, who remains Moscow’s ally of convenience in Syria. However, it is still unclear what Moscow may get in return, apart from resumed contacts between the Russian and US national security councils.

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