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Russia urges Middle East nations to show restraint amid escalation — Kremlin spokesman

According to Dmitry Peskov, further escalation is in no one's interests
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov Sergey Karpukhin/TASS
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
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MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Russia is deeply concerned about the situation in the Middle East, coming out in favor of a political and diplomatic settlement, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"We are extremely concerned about the escalation of tension in the region. We call on all countries in the region to exercise restraint. Further escalation is in no one's interests. Therefore, of course, we are in favor of seeing all disagreements settled only politically and diplomatically," the Kremlin spokesman said when asked to comment on the situation in the region after Iran struck Israeli territory.

On the evening of April 13, Iran launched drones and missiles toward Israel in response to what it called "repeated crimes" from Tel Aviv, including the attack on the consular office of the Iranian Embassy in Damascus ascribed to Israel. Tehran said that military facilities in Israel were targeted. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed it intercepted 99% of the nearly 350 projectiles launched at Israel. Israel did not report any fatalities or serious injuries, saying minor damage had been caused to Nevatim Air Base.