Assad: Russia important in preventing fight with Israel

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad responded for the first time on Monday to the Israeli bombing of Syrian territory last week.

In statements published by Arab networks, Assad said, “Russia plays an important role in preventing a future confrontation with Israel.” His remarks came after meetings with several senior Russian military officials, and after it was published that the Russians summoned Israeli Ambassador Gary Koren for clarification after the Israeli attack.

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