BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Israel’s security is a high priority for Russia, but the attacks on Syria must come to an end, the Russian envoy to the United Nations Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Monday, as reported by the Arabic language section of the Sputnik News Agency.
“We condemn them (Israeli airstrikes; they are illegal, but that doesn’t mean we should not care about Israel’s security,” Ryabkov said.
Ryabkov also went on to point out that Israel and Russia have improved their relations since the September 17th incident which resulted in a Russian IL-20 aircraft crashing off the coast of Syria.
Russia accused an Israeli F-16 fighter jet of using the IL-20 spy plane as cover during the Syrian air defense’s counter-attack in western Latakia.
In response to the incident, the Russian Federation made the decision to supply the Syrian military with the S-300 air defense system.