[Marxism] Russia Gave Israel Advance Notice of Its Air Strikes in Syria
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Russia Gave Israel Advance Notice of Its Air Strikes in Syria
Senior officials say Moscow contacted National Security Adviser Yossi
Cohen an hour before the Russian attack.
Barak Ravid Sep 30, 2015 5:13 PM
UNITED NATIONS – Russia informed Israel in advance about its intention
to carry out an aerial attack in Syria, senior Israeli officials told
Haaretz on Wednesday.
The sources said Russian government officials made contact with Yossi
Cohen, the national security adviser in the Prime Minister's Office, as
well as with senior figures in the Israeli defense establishment about
an hour before the Russian attack, saying that Russian planes would
shortly thereafter be bombing targets in Syria.
The Russians' advance notice was apparently designed to avoid any
confrontation between Israeli and Russian planes in the course of the
The information was provided to Israel in accordance with understandings
that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir
Putin reached when they met in Moscow a week ago. The two leaders agreed
to establish a mechanism for coordination between the Israel Defense
Forces and the Russian army to head off any unintentional encounters in
Syrian airspace. In a briefing with reporters in New York after his
meeting on Monday with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin acknowledged
that Israel has security interests in Syria, and that he respects this.
Russia said it launched air strikes against the Islamic State group in
Syria on Wednesday after Putin secured his parliament's unanimous
backing to intervene to prop up the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally.
In addition to the contact with Israel, Moscow gave Washington an hour's
notice of the strikes, which set in motion Russia's biggest play in the
region since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, a U.S. official
said. Targets in the Homs area appeared to have been struck, but not
areas held by Islamic State, the U.S. official said. The Russian Defense
Ministry said, however, that its attacks were directed at Islamic State
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Israel Backs Lavrovs Plan to Fight Islamic State Under UN Auspices
© AP Photo/ Rob Griffith
Israel supports Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s initiative to
combat the Islamic State under the auspices of the United Nations,
Israel's Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Sputnik on the margins
of the UN General Assembly in New York.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, Russia's Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov presented a resolution on joining efforts against
the Islamic State to the members of the UN Security Council.
"I think if they will fight Daesh [Islamic State], if they will fight
al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, all those crazy and lunatic organizations, we are
totally in favor," Shalom stated on Wednesday.
The resolution is based on documents previously adopted by the Security
Council with an emphasis on coherent counter-terrorism based on norms
and principles of international law, according to Lavro
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