Netanyahu Denies Moscow Asked Israel to Halt Syria Airstrikes

An Israeli pilot, seen in the cockpit of an Israeli F16 warplane, prepares to take off for a mission in Lebanon from Ramat David air force base on July 12, 2006, Ramat David, Israel.
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The Times of Israel reports: BEIJING — Russia has not changed its policy on coordination with the Israeli air force in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, denying reports that Moscow had told Israel to end airstrikes in the war-torn country and vowing to continue attacking weapons convoys.

“It’s simply incorrect to say the Russians are changing their policy toward us,” he said.

The report on Russia changing its stance came after an Israeli airstrike on Friday to which Syria responded by firing anti-aircraft missiles at the departing Israeli warplanes. The Israeli strike reportedly nearly missed a Russian asset and Moscow summoned the Israeli envoy following the exchange.

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