The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued an official warning to the Jews-only ethnostate of Israel to stop bombing Syria—while the Syrian government in turn warned that it would reserve the right to strike back if the Jewish attacks do not cease.
In answer to a question during a daily news briefing in Moscow today, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Israel should stop its “arbitrary” strikes in Syrian territory, which are against the region’s interests and could spark new chaos.
The comments came in the wake a series of attacks by Jewish forces upon a civilian airport in Syria, and a reprisal missile attack by Iranian forces into the northern Golan Heightss.
“We have not changed our position on this issue, which is based on the principles of international law,” Zakharova told the briefing. “The practice of arbitrarily launching strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case Syria, should be simply excluded.”
She warned that such strikes encourage an “atmosphere of hostility in the region” and “do not serve the long-term national interests of any of the Middle Eastern states, including, of course, Israel… We urge everyone to think about the possible consequences of provoking a new round of chaos in the Middle East.”
She added that Syria should not “become an arena for settling geopolitical accounts.”
On Sunday, the Jewish air force conducted a rare daylight missile attack on Syria, and in response, Iranian forces fired a surface-to-surface missile at the northern Golan Heights.
Hours later, in the predawn hours of Monday morning, the Israel Air Force launched strikes on a civilian airport near Damascus and on the Syrian air defense batteries that fired upon the attacking Israeli jets.
Meanwhile, Syria has warned that it could use its right to respond in self defense to recent Israeli air raids against a civilian airport near Damascus by striking Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport if the UN Security Council fails to shoulder its responsibilities and act against the regime’s aggression.
Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari said that “the unlimited support” provided by some permanent members of the Security Council, namely France, Britain and the US, has encouraged Israel to continue its air raids on Syria, preventing the entire UN body from assuming its responsibilities.
Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East, Ja’afari said that if the 15-member body fails to adopt measures to stop Israel, Syria would practice its “legitimate right of self-defense” and retaliate against the regime’s attacks.
“Isn’t time now for the UN Security council to stop the Israeli repeated aggressions on the Syrian Arab Republic territories?” he asked.