A possible withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria appears to be on the agenda of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in his upcoming meetings with Iranian and Israeli officials, while mounting pressures on Iran aim at curbing Tehran’s regional ambitions.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the international affairs adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are slated to take part in separate meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday July 11 and Thursday, media reports say.

Velayati arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, saying that “in the current sensitive situation” he is there to deliver a message from Khamenei to Putin in his meeting on Thursday, Tasnim news agency reported.

Netanyahu will also meet Putin to discuss the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. He told his cabinet during a meeting on Sunday that he would once again inform Russia of his country’s “firm demand” about the exit of Iranian forces from Syria.

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