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Moscow - Assad Ally Russia Summons Israeli Diplomat Over Syria Strike

Published on: March 20, 2017 07:31 AM
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A general view of the Israeli Iron Dome system deployed next to the Israeli-Syrian border in the center of the Golan Heights, 17 March 2017. EPA/ATEF SAFADIA general view of the Israeli Iron Dome system deployed next to the Israeli-Syrian border in the center of the Golan Heights, 17 March 2017. EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Moscow - Russia’s foreign ministry says the Israeli ambassador to Moscow was summoned to explain an exchange of fire last week between Israeli jets and Syrian government forces.

Russia is a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has provided key military and political backing to his forces, allowing him to turn the tide of the conflict.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov says Russia “expressed concern” over the exchange in which Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes that were on a mission to destroy a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group.

Monday’s report in Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quotes Bogdanov as saying that Israeli Ambassador Gary Koren “was asked about this” incident.

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Hezbollah is also fighting alongside Assad’s forces in Syria’s brutal six-year civil war.



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 Mar 20, 2017 at 07:50 AM Teddybear Says:

Unfortunately the situation is Syria it's much more complicated right now Syria has Russia as an active Ally Russia has the deployed anti aircraft Raiders and missile launchers and is heavy integrated into the Syrian Army. the freehand Israel hat over Syria the last few years has changed ,after Israel's attack on Thursday Russia summons the Israeli ambassador to file a complaint and to make it clear that they are in charge of Syria and it's not in Israel interest to have the Russian Air Force fighting against Israeli Air Force.
this situation it's not simple the vacancy of an American policy in the Middle East by former president Obama has created a new monster in the Middle East Russia.

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

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Teddybear Says:

Unfortunately the situation is Syria it's much more complicated right now Syria has Russia as an active Ally Russia has the deployed anti aircraft Raiders and missile launchers and is heavy integrated into the Syrian Army. the freehand Israel hat over Syria the last few years has changed ,after Israel's attack on Thursday Russia summons the Israeli ambassador to file a complaint and to make it clear that they are in charge of Syria and it's not in Israel interest to have the Russian Air Force fighting against Israeli Air Force.
this situation it's not simple the vacancy of an American policy in the Middle East by former president Obama has created a new monster in the Middle East Russia.

Putin will show his true hand on how much he likes the Israelis. Putin ultimately wants a major war there to prop up oil prices so his country won't go bankrupt.

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 11:45 AM TrumpISprez Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Putin will show his true hand on how much he likes the Israelis. Putin ultimately wants a major war there to prop up oil prices so his country won't go bankrupt.

Putin wants stability. Assad offers stability. Were it not for the Bush and Obama misguided notion that democracy can flow in the middle east that region would be much more stable. Muslims don't know how to choose democracy. Bush pused for peaceful democratic elections in Gaza, then under Obama we had the failed arab spring. Thank god Al-Sisi cleaned up our mess in Egypt. But our Iraq, Lybia and Syria policies were all failures.

Anyone with brains knows that the only answer to stability in Syria is via strengthening Assad. That's all Putin wants.

There is no "moderate rebels" in Syria. Its either ISIL, Al-Nursa or Assad

Yes the Hezbollah thing does threaten Israel. And its even more complicated by the fact that Hezbollah is helping Assad in his war. But ultimately I think Israel is alot safer with a weak Assad than ISIL. At the end of the day Assad is an enemy we can deal with , somewhat rational and not sucidial. ISIL is alot scarier.

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