After Russia claimed that Israeli fighter jets carried out a deadly strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s ambassador to Moscow to the Kremlin. According to the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, several topics will be discussed during the meeting.
The T-4 base (archive) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, said on Tuesday that Israeli envoy to Moscow Gary Koren was summoned to the Kremlin. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the report but clarified that the situation in Syria will not be the only topic discussed.
As reported by JOL yesterday, the Russian military claims that two Israeli jets carried out the pre-dawn airstrike on Syria’s T-4 airbase. Syrian media outlets, which originally attributed the attack to the US, have also claimed that Israel was behind the attack. Out of the 14 people who were killed, seven were Iranian nationals, an Iranian news agency claimed Tuesday.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it was behind the attack. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday evening that Israel takes preemptive action against anyone who attempts to harm it, apparently alluding to the reports.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi condemned the attack, which he called a “violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” by Israel. “In a situation where all field developments are unfolding in the interests of the legitimate government of Syria, such airstrikes by the Zionist regime are undoubtedly aimed at supporting the terrorist groups and diverting the world’s public opinion from the ongoing disaster in Gaza which has left tens of Palestinians dead and thousands of others injured so far,” he said, according to the ministry’s website.