Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova


Russia on Wednesday cautioned Israel to halt its “arbitrary” airstrikes against targets in Syria, lest the Jewish state spark a wider conflict in the region.

“The practice of arbitrarily launching strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case Syria, should be simply excluded,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “We urge everyone to think about the possible consequences of provoking a new round of chaos in the Middle East.”

Zakharova was addressing a press briefing following a rare daytime Israeli aerial assault on Iranian military targets near Damascus. Iranian forces responded by firing a surface-to-surface missile at Israel, which was promptly intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile shield.

The Russian statement failed to address the Iranian military build-up in Syria, which Tehran has acknowledged serves to further threaten the Jewish state, which Iran’s leaders have in turn openly