The United States wants Russia to allow Israeli warplanes to continue attacking Iranian advisors in Syria, as Israel fears it can no longer enter the Arab country’s airspace after Moscow’s supplied Damascus with advanced S-300 air defense systems.
“Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the Israelis, about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria. We certainly hope that that permissive approach will continue,” James Jeffrey, Washington’s special representative to Syria said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
Both Iran and Russia have been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government purge foreign-backed terrorist groups from the country.
Israel, however, views the Islamic republic’s advisors in Syria as a threat and has openly pledged to target them out until they leave the country.
The Israeli air force has staged repeated air raids against Syrian military bases that it claims…