TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator stressed that the resistance front and Russia’s support for Syria dissuaded Washington and its allies from launching a military attack on the Muslim country.
“The presence of the Lebanese Hezbollah Movement in the region and its recent victories against the Zionist regime and its support for Syria certainly serves as a deterrent to any move against Syria,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbasali Mansouri told FNA on Monday.
“Also, Russia and Iran’s straightforward and firm position in opposition to any warmongering in the region as well as their all-out support for Syria and emphasis on such positions over time has somewhat forced the US to sit to the negotiating table and accept non-military plans on Syria,” he added.
The United States and its western allies have blamed the August 21 attack – the latest in a string of reported instances of chemical weapons use in Syria – on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, with Washington threatening with military action against his forces.
Damascus has said the attack was the work of rebels hoping to incite foreign intervention, a stance increasingly backed by Moscow.
Last week Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry started negotiations over a bid to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control – an initiative proposed by Moscow to avoid US military strikes on Syria.
In a response to the Russian proposal, Damascus officially submitted a request to join the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention last week on Thursday, an agreement that commits its members to destroying their chemical weapons stockpiles.
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