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Lavrov comments on Israel’s recent air raids against targets in Syria

March 22, 15:19 UTC+3

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow will judge Israel’s deeds while assessing its steps to implement agreements on Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. Moscow will judge Israel’s deeds while assessing its steps to implement agreements on Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

When commenting on Israel’s recent air raids against targets in Syria, he said that during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow, the parties had confirmed agreements "concerning military cooperation between Russia and Israel in Syria."

"We will judge by deeds and not by statements in order to figure out if our Israeli counterparts abide by these agreements," the Russian top diplomat said.

On March 17, the Israeli air force carried out a raid against several targets in Syria. Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz later said that the attack had been aimed at preventing modern weapons from falling into the hands of the Hezbollah movement militants. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in turn, said that if Syria employed its air defense system against the Israeli warplanes, it would be eliminated.

On March 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the country would continue airstrikes against convoys carrying weapons for Hezbollah on Syria’s territory.

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