Zarif said that Iran never took Bolton’s statements seriously

Iran has never taken seriously the statements of former US national security adviser John Bolton about Russia’s attitude to Iran in the Syrian issue, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Earlier, Bolton in his book of memoirs said that at a meeting in the Kremlin in June 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured that Russia is not interested in the presence of the Iranian military in Syria, but, on the one hand, cannot influence their withdrawal from the country, as the US wants, and, on the other, is not going to replace them in the Syrian conflict.

“We never correlate (with reality) what Mr. Bolton said to our Russian friends, including Mr. Putin. We believe that this does not correspond to the reality and the level of cooperation that Iran is carrying out with Russia, as well as with Turkey to create peace, stability, and calm in Syria,” Zarif said at a press conference following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

“Of course, no one in Tehran or Moscow is bribed by these words,” he stressed.

According to Zarif, “good cooperation between Iran and Russia with the people of Syria” led to the defeat of ISIS in Syria. “We were with the people of Syria. We stood by them and fought against the terrorism of ISIS and the patrons of terrorists. We have helped the people of Syria. And then next to Turkey, they assisted so that calm prevailed in Syria,” Zarif said.
According to him, “Bolton, of course, uses the opportunity to sell his books.”