Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Egypt’s Al-Ahram publication on Saturday that Israel must halt their attacks on Syria and respect the country’s sovereignty.

“Our principled stance concerning shelling Syria’s territory has remained unchanged. We have always clearly expressed our attitude to that,” he began.

“We proceed from the need for strict respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We are opposed to turning the country’s territory into a scene of an armed standoff between various regional players,” he said when asked to comment on remarks by some political analysts about softening Moscow’s stance on Israeli shelling,” Lavrov stated.

“During our contacts with all parties concerned, we highlight the importance of preventing an upsurge in tensions and the dangerous escalation of the situation in Syria, which are fraught with negative consequences for both neighboring countries and the Middle East region in general,” Lavrov stressed.

Russia’s top diplomat noted that Russia, cooperating with Iran and Turkey, contributed to work to set up a de-escalation zone in Syria’s south and southwest. “Now these areas are under the control of the Syrian government. Russian military police officers help maintain law and order there,” Lavrov added.

On March 27th, The Israeli Air Force carried out a powerful attack on the Syrian military’s positions in the Aleppo Governorate, hitting several sites, including a number of buildings in the Sheikh Najjar District.

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