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Russian Foreign Minister: Israeli Airstrikes On Syria Could Lead To Escalation

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Russian Foreign Minister: Israeli Airstrikes On Syria Could Lead To Escalation

Sergey Lavrov. Image: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory could lead to a further escalation and destabilization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned in a recent interview.

“Regarding arbitrary Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory, we have never concealed a negative attitude towards such actions that further destabilize the situation and could lead to an escalation,” Lavrov told the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat during the interview, which was released on October 3.

The Russian foreign minister stressed that Syria should not become a platform for implementing plans or settling accounts, calling on all sides to help “restore peace to Syrian territory.”

The Israeli military have been attacking targets inside Syria for more than six years now. Israel claims that its forces are attacking “Iranian bases” in the war-torn country. However, facts contradict with these claims as many of the attacks resulted in Syria losses only.

Last July, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck several areas south of Damascus. The airstrikes killed at least six Syrian civilians, including an infant and a little girl.

Lavrov’s warning highlights the sensitivity of the situation. Damascus has declined to respond to Israeli attacks, so far. If this policy changes, the region could indeed witness a further military escalation.

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