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Putin calls on Netanyahu not to take any 'destabilizing action' on Syria

[4/11/2018 3:01:03 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to take any action that could further destabilise the situation in Syria, following Israeli strikes against a regime military base on Monday.In a telephone call, Putin urged Netanyahu "to abstain from any action that could further destabilise the situation in the country, which would represent a threat to its security," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin "stressed the importance of respecting Syria's sovereignty," and the two leaders "discussed recent Israeli air strikes against the T-4 air base," the statement added.Syria's T-4 military airbase, in the central province of Homs, was hit by an air strike on Monday.

The attack left 14 people dead, including seven Iranian soldiers.Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government, alongside Russia. All three countries have blamed Monday's air strike on Israel.Israel is believed to have carried out numerous raids inside Syria since 2013.The T-4 base had already been targeted by Israeli air raids in February, in retaliation for a drone sent to its territory by Iran.

Russia is the biggest ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime and warned against strikes, notably by the United States in reprisal for an alleged chemical attack against rebel-held Douma that has sparked international outrage and "could destabilize the already fragile situation in the region", the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Netanyahu warns Iran

On Wednesday, Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, where he addressed Iran in harsh terms."It is not Israel that is your enemy, but the regime of tyranny that oppresses you." he said.

Referring to the Iranian regime Netanyahu said that "today, too, there's an extremist regime that's threatening us, threatening the peace of the entire world. That regime explicitly declares that it intends on destroying us, the Jewish state.""I have a message to the rulers of Iran -- don't test Israel's resolve." he added.Netanyahu also compared the Iran nuclear deal with the 1938 Munich agreement."There are days when, as in Munich in 1938, the agreement with the Iranian regime not only lessened its aggression but increased it. We nip the aggression in its bud.

These aren't empty words, we back them up with action," the prime minister said.

On Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, directly threatened Israel saying that the “crime” it committed in striking the airbase "will not remain without response."The threat came as the semi-official Tasnim News Agency affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that seven Iranians were killed in the strike, including an IRGC air force colonel.


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