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Russia cannot limit Israel's actions in Syria: Lieberman

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will not accept limitations on its "actions" in from or any other country, said today, a week after a deadly raid attributed to the Jewish state.

"We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defence of our security interests," Lieberman said in a video interview with the Walla site in response to a question on Russia's criticism of the recent strike.

"But we do not want to provoke the Russians. We have an open line of communication at the level of senior officers. The Russians understand us and the fact is that for years we have managed to avoid friction with them" in

Lieberman again accused Israel's main enemy of seeking to entrench itself militarily in neighbouring and threaten his country.

"We will not tolerate a significant Iranian military force in Syria in the form of military ports and airports or the deployment of sophisticated weaponry," Lieberman said.

On April 9, seven Iranian personnel were among 14 people killed in an early-morning strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, with regime allies and blaming for the attack.

Russian later called on Israeli not to take any action that could further destabilise the situation in Syria. has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility, but has said repeatedly that it cannot accept establishing itself militarily in Syria.

Israel has sought to avoid direct involvement in Syria's civil war, but acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, another of its enemies.

Hezbollah, like Iran and Russia, is backing Syrian in the war. Iran also supports

Netanyahu has also voiced "total support" for US-led strikes over the weekend against Syria over its alleged use of

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:50 IST
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