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The Russian foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s Ambassador in Moscow, after military aircraft bombed near Palmyra. Russia expressed concern at the incident and assured that strives to improve the efficiency with Israel
The Russian foreign Ministry called the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow, Harry Coren to discuss the Israeli air strikes near Palmyra. This was told by Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs, presidential special representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov, reports “RIA Novosti”.
He said that he really asked Coren to clarify the situation. To the question, whether expressed Moscow’s concern of the incident, Bogdanov replied in the affirmative.
“Yes, of course, because if we have a consistent channel of communication, we would like to make this channel more effective, to avoid misunderstandings about who is doing what,” said he.
On Friday, March 17, call the Israeli Ambassador to the foreign Ministry wrote to the newspaper the Jerusalem Post. The Israeli foreign Ministry confirmed the meeting but declined to give further details of the conversation parties.
On the website of the Russian foreign Ministry reportedthat “the main attention during the conversation was paid to the latest developments in Syria and around it”. The details of the conversation of March 17 is not cited. On the website it was noted that the conversation took place on the initiative of the Russian side.
The Jerusalеm Post wrote that between Israel and Russia a mechanism for coordination of military action in order to avoid diplomatic conflict.
The Supreme command of the Syrian army was announced on March 17 that Israeli planes attacked the goal at Palmyra. In response, they fired anti-aircraft missiles, causing one plane was shot down and another damaged. Later, Israel denied the information about the downed plane. The military reported that none of the missiles did not reach the goal, in addition, one was even destroyed by the air defense systems of Israel.
The Jerusalem Post, citing a statement by the Israeli defense army, wrote that Israeli aircraft “was first used by the missile defense system Arrow 3”. Reuters says Israel has committed “dozens” of attacks that “to avoid the smuggling of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite group “Hezbollah”.