(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Russia condemned on Tuesday alleged recent Israeli
airstrikes in Syria, saying such attacks "grossly violate Syria's
Russia has managed to maintain close relations with Syria and Israel
despite tensions between those neighbouring countries throughout the
Syrian civil war as Russia's military supports the Syrian state.
Six Israeli warplanes coming from Lebanese airspace conducted a
series of missile strikes on Syrian territory on Sunday night, the
Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Sixteen people were killed in the strikes, including a small child,
the Russian ministry said.
"This Israeli attack was the largest
action of its kind since May 2018," the statement said.
"This escalation evokes extreme concern," it said, adding that such
actions, "grossly violating Syria's sovereignty," have the potential
to destabilize the region.
Israel has not confirmed conducting such an attack.
Senior military advisers from Russia, Israel and the United States
met in Israel last week for talks focused on improving the security
situation in the Middle East, particularly regarding Syria.