Syria ship blast comes as Israeli, Russian national security advisers meet

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The explosion on a ship in Latakia’s harbor comes as the incoming National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata and his predecessor Meir Ben-Shabbat are in Moscow to meet with their Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev.

If Israel was behind the attack in Syria in response to the deadly UAV strike on the Mercer Street in late July that has been blamed on Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely be furious.

Russia is working to rehabilitate Syria and create some semblance of stability, and an Israeli operation in one of Syria’s two major ports runs directly counter to Russian interests.

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