Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons Israeli Ambassador after bombing in Syria
Israeli ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the incident involving Israel’s air attack on targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra.
This was reported by Interfax in reference to the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and Special Representative for the President to the Middle East and African Countries Mikhail Bogdanov.
“Yes, he was asked about it,” said Bogdanov in answer to a question about whether the head of the Israeli diplomatic mission had indeed been summoned in connection with the incident.
A report appeared earlier in The Jerusalem Post about the ambassador being summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the Israeli air strike that was carried out on the night of March 17th.
According to reports in the Israeli media, Russian troops were near the targets struck by Israeli aircraft.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed Koren’s meeting with the Russian Department of Foreign Policy, but refused to provide details of the conversation.
Last week, Israel struck Hezbollah positions in Syria. Israeli planes specifically targeted storage facilities where the militant organization houses missiles.
Syria claimed to have shot down one Israeli plane, which was supposedly done with air defense systems. The Israeli military, however, denied this claim, and at the same time threatened to destroy Syria’s air defenses if they fired on Israeli aircraft again.