Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces has warned Saudi Arabia about sending troops into Syria.
Iran will not permit that "rogue" states to change the situation in Syria in accordance with their desires, Jazayeri said in an interview with Iran's state Al-Alam TV channel.
"If needed, we will take the necessary decisions at the appropriate time," the Iranian commander warned.
He made the remarks while responding to a question whether Iran will send more military advisors to Syria if Saudis dispatch troops to the country and the risk of confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
"The terrorists who are fighting in Syria are employees of Saudi Arabia or the Americans and the reactionary forces in the region," he claimed.
"Today, with the victories of the Syrian army and the popular forces, they want to send troops to Syria, but it is a bluff and a psychological war," said Jazayeri.
"Saudi Arabia has used all of its power, and today not only in Syria but also in Yemen it has failed," he added.
Jazayeri further said that if Saudis had had the ability, they would have already sent troops to Syria.
He also expressed Iran's support for Russia's military assistance to the Syrian government, adding that Tehran and Moscow coordinate their political and military measures in Syria.
Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government since it views the Assad regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies these accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only provide military consultations to Syrian forces.
Last December Hossein Jaber Ansari, the spokesman with the Iranian foreign ministry said that no request was submitted from Syria so far for sending fighters to the country, however Tehran would consider that within the framework of its policies and principles if Damascus issues such a request.