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Russia says it will discuss ‘very worrying’ Syria strike with Israel

Russia is signaling its unhappiness over a strike attributed to Israel on Syria’s Latakia port overnight.

While steering clear of confirming Israel carried out the strike, Moscow says that such attacks are “very worrying” for Syria after a decade of brutal conflict.

“We don’t think that any situations of this kind contribute to the stability of the Middle East or the situation in Syria,” says Russia’s deputy representative at the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy.

“We never conceal that we do not approve of such behavior,” he told reporters, adding that Russia would address concerns bilaterally with Israel.

The strike hit a container yard thought to house Iranian weapons shipments, in a part of Syria where Russia maintains its main naval base in the region.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, though its not known if Syria and Iran were among the topics discussed.

The call came immediately after Lavrov spoke to Syrian foreign minister Faysal Mekdad.

AFP contributed to this report.

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