Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday condemned Tehran’s remarks that Israel should be wiped off the map, but he also criticized the viewing of regional problems through the prism of conflict with Iran. He spoke at the opening of the Vladai International Discussion Club’s conference on “Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields.” Tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating and there are historical reasons for that, Lavrov said. “We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should be destroyed and wiped off the map. I believe this is an absolutely wrong way to advance one’s own interests,” said the Russian foreign minister.
“By the same token, we oppose attempts to view any regional problem through the prism of fighting Iran,” he noted. This is happening in Syria, Yemen and even the latest developments around the Palestinian issue, including Washington’s announcement of its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, are largely motivated by this anti-Iranian stance.”