Putin Urges Netanyahu to Avoid Actions That Destabilize Syria's Sovereignty

Putin Urges Netanyahu to Avoid Actions That Destabilize Syria's Sovereignty

Putin Urges Netanyahu to Avoid Actions That Destabilize Syria's Sovereignty

Netanyahu's office released a widely divergent statement, saying: "The prime minister reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria". Moscow urged Israel to avoid carrying out any action that would "further destabilize the situation".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned Iran not to launch a retaliatory attack against Israel after Tehran accused Tel Aviv of carrying out an airstrike on a Syrian airbase.

The conversation was initiated by the Israeli side, said the statement. "In this context, Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that Israel will officially celebrate Victory Day on May 9 this year for the first time".

On Tuesday, an Iranian official said the airstrike would "not remain without a response", according to Lebanese news channel Al Mayadeen.

Israel is on high alert for any Iranian retaliation after Tehran's direct threat Tuesday, as well as any possible US strike against Syria's Assad regime in retaliation to the chemical attack at Douma.

It said the call, which had been at the initiative of the Israeli prime minister, addressed "the Syrian issue... including in connection with the recent missile strikes on the T-4 airfield in Homs by the Israeli Air Force".

Israel is believed to have carried out numerous raids inside Syria since 2013. Some 2,000 USA troops have been assisting rebel factions aligned with the West. Netanyahu fears that a US retreat from the conflict will allow Iran to expand its influence.

Russian Federation on Wednesday also threatened to shoot down any possible USA missiles fired into Syria, as global powers considered a unified response to a deadly chemical attack in the war-torn country, which the White House said Syria and Russian Federation were responsible for.

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