Russian Foreign Ministry: Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Leading to Escalation in Tensions

04 Oct
5:10 PM

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has lashed out at the Israeli regime for launching intermittent airstrikes on the Syrian territory, noting that such strikes only lead to further escalation of tensions in the region.

Lavrov made the remarks in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, which was published on Thursday.

“Regarding arbitrary Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian territory, we have never concealed a negative attitude towards such actions that further destabilize the situation and could lead to an escalation,” Russia’s top diplomat said.

Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian territory, from time to time. Such aggressive moves are usually viewed as attempts to prop up terrorist-affiliated groups suffering defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces.

Since 2016, the election of US President Donald Trump and his pro-Israeli decisions, including recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights, have seemingly emboldened Tel Aviv to launch new aggressions on the Arab country.

Elsewhere in his Thursday remarks, Lavrov commented on the potential of a confrontation between Iran and Israel, in Syria, emphasizing that Syria should not become an arena for implementing external agendas.

“Syria should not become a platform for implementing plans or settling scores. The main task of all concerned forces must be to help restore peace to Syrian territory,” he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced, in early June, that Moscow takes serious issue with Israeli military aggression against Syria.

The ministry said, in a statement, that Russia was concerned about the aerial attacks launched by the occupying regime against Syria, adding that it believes the assaults could pose a threat to regional stability.

Last month, the Russian aviation publication Avia-Pro reported that the country’s combat aircraft took off from Russia’s Hmeimim air base, in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia, “which resulted in the disruption of the Israeli attacks on the Syrian capital and its surroundings.”

According to the report, the Russian military also provided the Syrian armed forces with information about the Israeli drone that was preparing to strike the southeastern suburbs of Damascus.

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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.

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