Russia concerned by attacks in Syria, calls for restraint: Ministry

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016.

Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik/Kremlin | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016.

Moscow will be seriously concerned by the latest developments in Syria as well as calls on sides to exercise restraint as well as avoid an escalation of the situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Israel launched heavy air strikes in Syria on Saturday, saying the item hit air defences as well as Iranian targets, as well as the Syrian army claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 which crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.

“We urge all sides to exercise restraint as well as to avoid any actions which could lead to an even greater complication of the situation,” the ministry said in a statement.

“the item will be necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty as well as territorial integrity of Syria as well as additional countries from the region.”

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