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Russian-Syrian Debate on Avoiding Gaza War: Monitoring the Golan Truce

Vershinin and Sabbagh underscored the importance of averting the spread of the ongoing Gaza war to neighbouring countries, according to al-Modon.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin held discussions with the Syrian regime’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Bassam Sabbagh to emphasize the significance of preventing the escalation of the Israeli war on Gaza. The focus of their talks included the United Nations’ oversight of the “disengagement” agreement between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights.

According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Vershinin and Sabbagh underscored the importance of averting the spread of the ongoing Gaza war to neighbouring countries. The officials addressed the current situation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, emphasizing the need to halt violence in the Gaza Strip.

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The statement highlighted discussions on the activities of UN forces regarding the 1974 “disengagement” agreement between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights. However, the meeting primarily concentrated on matters related to Russian-Syrian collaboration on international platforms, particularly in New York.

Both sides agreed to give special attention to international humanitarian assistance for Syria, ensuring compliance with the principles of international humanitarian law, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

Since the commencement of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip on October 7th, airstrikes on Syrian territory by occupying forces have intensified. These attacks, predominantly targeting positions of Iranian militias, have resulted in the repeated closure of Damascus and Aleppo international airports, with the latest closure occurring on October 25th.

A week prior, Russia issued a warning regarding the negative consequences for the entire region if the ongoing Israeli bombardment of Syrian airports persisted amid the Gaza war. Moscow, through its permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, had previously cautioned that Syria was on the verge of being drawn into a broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nebenzia stated that “Syria, like other countries in the region, is on the brink of being involved in a full-scale confrontation.”


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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