WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iran and Russia may engage in competition with respect to controlling parts of the Middle East, particularly Syria, US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Vincent Stewart stated said in a congressional hearing on global threats on Thursday.
"Clearly, Iran views themselves as the dominant regional power [in Syria]," Steward told the US Senate Intelligence Committee. "They will be in competition at some point with Russia."
Stewart claimed Russia views itself as the dominant regional power in Syria, but expressed doubts Russian and Iranian interests will remain aligned in the long run.
The memorandum on de-escalation zones took effect on May 6.
Russia's deputy defense minister said on May 5 that the implementation of the memorandum on de-escalation zones would put an end to the civil war.
Moscow and Tehran have been actively developing bilateral ties in various fields.