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TEL AVIV, October 16. /Offset. TASS Andrey Shirokov/. Israel informed Russia about the attack on the anti-aircraft battery of the armed forces of Syria near Damascus on Monday. This was reported by TASS representative of the defense Army of Israel.
“Israel has notified Russia “in real time” on the air strike in Syria,” – said the Agency interlocutor.
The incident on the eve of visit
As told at the briefing for journalists on Monday, one of the leaders of the press-service of the army, “Russian Federation notified in real time or, more probably, immediately before [the strike]”. The incident occurred on the eve of the beginning of Monday’s visit to the Jewish state, the head of the Russian defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu. “Incoming defense Minister will be fully informed on this topic,” – said the representative of the press service of the army.
Blow on the battery
In a communiqué released here by the press service of the Israeli army confirmed that on Monday, “the Israeli air force attacked a battery of air defense of Syria, East of Damascus” after “previously, the same battery launched a missile at Israeli aircraft.” “From Syria was launched anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft during the flight over Lebanon hit was not recorded,” – said in the army press-service.
“The Syrian regime bears full responsibility for the air defense fire, said the Israeli army. – The preservation of relative stability is a common interest, Israel does not intend to destabilize the situation.” The military added that “the IDF is maintaining its ability to prevent military action against Israeli civilians”.
The exchange of information
Israel does not support any of the parties to the conflict and not participate in talks on Syria. While the Israeli air force carries out regular raids on the territory of the Arab country against the fighters of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah participating in the fighting on the side of the Syrian government forces and have close ties with Iran.
In order to protect the military forces of the two States from accidental collisions during the operations on the Syrian territory, in the fall of 2015 Israel and Russia have established an exchange of information. To do this, the staff of Israel established a special focal point.