Syria to Respond to Terrorist Supporter Israel's Aggression: Ambassador
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Syria will respond to any aggression from Israel, which supports terrorist groups there, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told Sputnik.
Riyad Haddad accused Tel Aviv of "at this time attempting to support terrorist groups in our territory," saying "as soon as Israel feels that the terrorist groups are weakening, they immediately intervene to support them."
"That is why we will respond to any aggression on the part of Israel, as we responded the last time by destroying one of the planes and striking a blow to the second plane. We will do the same if there is a repetition of such an attempt," Haddad said.
Syria considers Turkey's plan to launch a new offensive on its territory a "flagrant aggression" against the Arab republic's sovereignty, Syrian Ambassador said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Ankara was preparing for new operations in Syria after the completion of the Euphrates Shield campaign.
"This is a flagrant aggression against the sovereignty of our country," Haddad said.
The envoy added that Damascus "believed from the very beginning that the Turkish army's presence on our territory is an occupation regardless of whether the first operation was completed or not."