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Russia: Israeli airstrikes in Syria could further destabilize situation

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Israeli airstrikes on the territory of Syria might lead to further destabilization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a newspaper interview.

“Such actions ... further destabilize the situation and could lead to an escalation,” pan-Arab daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat quoted him as saying.

“Syria should not become a platform for implementing plans or settling accounts. The main task of all concerned forces must be to help restore peace to Syrian territory,” he added.

Russia has been backing the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions in the name of fighting “terrorists” following an uprising which was peacefully demanding regime change in 2011 before turning into an armed opposition.