Russia's Lavrov condemns Israeli missile strikes on Syria

In a joint statement with Syrian counterpart, Russian FM says country strongly condemns 'dangerous practice' of strikes on Syrian territory; demands Israel to respect UN Security Council's resolutions

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday condemned Israeli missile attacks against Syria, in comments that underline a chill in once-warm Russian-Israel relations.
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  • Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference alongside his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad. Russia is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.
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    סרגיי לברוב, יאיר לפיד
    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Prime Minister Yair Lapid
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    "We strongly condemned the dangerous practice of Israeli strikes on Syrian territory," Lavrov said.
    "We demand that Israel respect the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and, above all, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria."
    Israel hit Iranian targets in a series of strikes on Aug. 14 near Assad's ancestral home region and also close to Russia's main Syrian bases on the Mediterranean coast, regional intelligence and Syrian military sources said.
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    Syrian media shows allegedly Israeli missiles
    Speaking at the same news conference in Moscow, Mekdad gave Lavrov his backing to Russia's actions in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special military operation" to disarm and "denazify" its smaller southern neighbor.
    Israel has spoken out against Moscow sending troops into Ukraine and bilateral tensions have grown in recent months.
    Video published in Syria that allegedly shows Israeli missiles
    In May, Lavrov said Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots - a statement that triggered outrage in Israel and forced a rare apology from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    Russian authorities have also opened legal investigations into the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, Sochnut, which promotes emigration to Israel.
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