Russia comments on Israel’s attacks on Syria

Moscow demands that West Jerusalem respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country

Moscow has demanded that the Israeli government immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian Arab Republic and respect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference with his Syrian counterpart on Tuesday, Lavrov said that Moscow “strongly condemns” from israel “dangerous practice of carrying out strikes on Syrian territory”.

The head of Moscow diplomacy quoted “disturbing” the episodes of an attack on Damascus International Airport in June and the more recent attacks on the Damascus and Tartous regions.

“We demand that Israel respect the UN Security Council resolution and, above all, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” he added. Lavrov said following bilateral talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Moscow.

The statement comes after Israel’s top general revealed last week that a “third country” was targeted in a recent Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) military operation against Palestinian militants.

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Although the general did not specifically name Syria as “third country” The announcement comes just days after Syrian authorities reported the deaths of three soldiers following an Israeli airstrike on the outskirts of Damascus.

Despite launching hundreds of attacks on Syrian territory over the years, Israel has generally avoided publicly acknowledging its actions. When he admits to the strikes, however, he explains them as self-defense against Iranian proxies.



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