Lavrov: Israeli strikes in Syria increase regional tensions

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“Military operations cannot resolve Israeli security concerns but will only help increase regional tensions,” Lavrov said in an interview with Spain’s El Pais newspaper. The minister added that Israel endangered the life of Russian troops in Syria’s Palmyra in 2017 by failing to stick to its own commitments. “Unfortunately, Israel has not always met its obligations, primarily those related to the warnings by the Russian military against military operations in Syria. In some cases, this endangered the life and health of our soldiers in Syria, for example when Israeli planes bombed targets near Palmyra in March 2017,” he stressed. Lavrov also said that Moscow regrets that the Western countries rejected the idea of Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international counter-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the United Nations. “The idea to establish a broad anti-terrorism coalition under the auspices of the United Nations was raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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