Moscow calls to invite Saudi Arabia and Iran to Geneva-2 talks. Israel allegedly working with Saudi Arabia on contingency plan.
The Russian Foreign Minister has revealed that there are no real differences on practical issues between the six-party negotiators and Iran. What is needed now is to set down our understanding in a document, Sergey Lavrov told the Russian TVC channel, Russia Today reported Sunday.
“The negotiations with the Foreign Minister of Iran [Mohammad Javad Zarif] have confirmed that for the first time in many years the sextet of negotiators and Tehran are ready to truly seek common grounds instead of presenting mostly uncorrelated positions,” said the Russian FM in an interview to Postscriptum program. “Such areas of common interests have been defined and there remain no principle differences in solving practical questions,” Lavrov said. “What we’re talking about now is a correct diplomatic recording of the reached understanding so that it becomes a truly joint document, not imposed on anyone from outside.”
Lavrov said that negotiators on both sides have verified the areas of common interests and now there remain no principle differences in making practical arrangements. Russia’s Foreign Minister stressed that the understanding reached must now be fixed by diplomatic means so that it becomes a truly joint document, not imposed on anyone from outside.
The Russian FM said that Moscow expects Washington and the UN to help encourage all parts of Syrian society to take part in the peace conference in Switzerland.
“Despite a number of problems (with preparing the Geneva-2 conference) I remain optimistic,” Lavrov said, indicating that in late November there will be another preparatory meeting between Russian and American experts, the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and further participation of constant members of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and Turkey.
Israel’s Mossad, along with Saudi officials, is working on contingency plans that could include an attack on Iran if its nuclear program is not curbed enough during the negotiations in Geneva this week, a new report has revealed, according to Russia Today.
According to The Sunday Times newspaper, Saudi Arabia already gave Israel the green light to use its airspace in the case of an attack on Iran. It was also revealed that the Saudis were willing to assist an Israeli attack by cooperating with the use of drones, rescue helicopters, and tanker planes.