Russian silence on Israel's raids in Syria, European-American pressure on Turkey

Moscow remained silent on the Israeli raids that accelerated during the past week on the Iranian sites in Syria, while the American and European pressures on Turkey intensified.

Today, Arab newspapers touched on the Israeli raids in Syria, in addition to the American-European pressures on Turkey.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Moscow is silent after bombing Damascus

The Arab newspapers issued during the past week dealt with the Syrian issue with several topics, the most prominent of which was the Israeli raids. In this context, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: "Moscow yesterday ignored the Israeli raids that targeted sites near Damascus, in which five pro-Iranian fighters were killed."

On Monday night, Israel targeted with at least six missiles sites belonging to regime forces and pro-Iranian groups south of the capital, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It added that the bombing resulted in killing five non-Syrian fighters from pro-Iranian groups, and wounding four non-Syrian fighters.

Despite Israel's refusal to comment confirming or denying its responsibility for the air strikes near Damascus or for the explosions in Iran, it decided on Tuesday to close its airspace in the north, along the occupied Syrian Golan Heights or along the borders with Lebanon, prevented the arrival of civil aviation, and also closed the beach area between Akka and Ras al-Naqoura.

Although the Israeli army announced that this measure was the result of sudden military exercises, military officials answered press questions, did not deny that this measure was the result of anticipation of an Iranian direct or indirect military response through Hezbollah or Syria.

Israel remained silent about this accusation, but sources in Tel Aviv were keen to reveal that an Iranian transport plane landed at Damascus International Airport at seven in the morning on Sunday, and left at two in the afternoon on the same day, returning to Tehran. These sources expressed their estimates that this plane unloaded a military payload.

Al-Arab: American pressures to stop Turkish excavations in the eastern Mediterranean

Regarding the international reactions to the Turkish moves in the eastern Mediterranean, Al-Arab newspaper said: "The U.S. demand to stop the Turkish excavation activities in the eastern Mediterranean constitutes an international opinion opposed to Ankara's permission to territorial waters for its neighbors, at a time when the European Union is considering the imposition of sanctions on Ankara that do not seem to be sufficient to curb its tampering with the security and stability of the region.

The United States demanded the Turkish government on Wednesday to cancel all procedures near the Greek island of Castellirio, in the shadow of Ankara's intransigence and its pursuit of advancing its illegal plans despite the international critics.

The Turkish intransigence and the way forward in breach of all international maritime conventions that control the economic activities in the eastern Mediterranean put the international community in front of the challenge of curbing the Turkish provocations in the region.

Observers believe that the international community is ever convinced that the tone of warning and waving sanctions did not work with Turkey, which leads to reconsidering the strategies to curb the Turkish violations of the European maritime region.

They point out that the European Union, the main affected of the Turkish exploration activities, may need to deploy naval forces in the Mediterranean if Turkey continues to violate Greek and Cypriot sovereignty over its territorial waters.

Pending the elaboration of a common European strategy to interfere in the Mediterranean, the approval of all European Union leaders is required for it to enter into force, and the bloc countries tend to increase the severity of the sanctions against Turkey.

In an escalation reflecting the tension in the region, the Greek Navy deployed military battleships in the Aegean Sea after it declared a state of "alert" due to the Turkish energy exploration activities.

A Greek official who preferred not to be named told France Presse on Wednesday: "The Naval Units have been deployed since Tuesday in the south and southeast of the Aegean Sea," declining to reveal more details.

European experts rule out the occurrence of military confrontations between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean Sea, but the Turkish exploration ships accompanied by warships raise the level of tension in the region to its maximum extent.

Observers believe that Paris sent a message to Ankara through this move that there is harmony in European positions rejecting Turkey's provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean and its suspicious movements.



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