European Parliament Vice-President Fabio Massimo Castaldo said in an interview that it is not possible to take significant decisions concerning Libya, Syria and the region of the Greater Mediterranean as a whole without consulting Russia.
“In recent years, Russia has been convincing in proving its role as an international player in the area of the ‘Greater Mediterranean.’ No significant or important decision on Syria, Libya or other issues related to the peace and well-being of the region can be taken without Russia,” said Castaldo, who is a member of the 5-Star Movement of Italy, during a participation in the forum Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) in Rome.
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For the politician, it is necessary that Russia be seen not as part of a problem, but rather as part of problem solving. According to him, the development of relations between Moscow and Brussels is important for a number of areas, including security.
This comes as US Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said that delivering S-300 systems to the Syrian military increases the likelihood of recurring mistakes, such as the incident involving the Russian aircraft Il-20.
He warned that the S-300 system in Syrian hands will lead to another incident of them shooting down a Russian jet by mistake as has already happened, at least according to the official story.
On 17 September, a Russian reconnaissance aircraft IL-20 was mistakenly shot down by the Syrian air defense, during an attack of Israeli warplanes against Latakia. The 15 crew of the Russian airplane died.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Israeli warplanes had used the Il-20 as a shield, exposing the Russian aircraft to the fire of Syria’s air defense system. Israel rejected the charge, assigning responsibility to Damascus, Tehran and the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah movement.
Following the incident, Russia started supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, despite Israel’s protests.