Russia: Israeli Airstrikes Increase Chance of Foreign Intervention in Syria
Russia said Monday it feared that reports of recent Israeli strikes on Syrian territory would lead to further foreign intervention in Syria.
“We are seriously concerned by the signs of preparation of global public opinion for possible armed intervention in the long-running internal conflict in Syria,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.
Russia has long backed Syria and has used its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block Western-backed efforts to punish the Syrian regime for its ongoing war against rebels.
Russia was also analyzing the “reports of Israeli air strikes on May 3 and May 5 on sites in the suburbs of Damascus, which caused particular alarm,” Lukashevich said.
“The further escalation of armed confrontation sharply increases the risk of creating new areas of tension, in addition to Syria, in Lebanon, and the destabilization of the so far relatively calm atmosphere on the Lebanese-Israeli border.”
“The internationalization of the extremely dangerous and destructive internal conflict in Syria must not be permitted,” he said, calling for “decisive efforts aimed at shifting the events in Syria into a peaceful channel.”