Iran-Israel News: Russia halts flights to Israel, Jordan, Iran following attack on Israel

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Russia has implemented a suspension of flights to Israel, Jordan, and Iraq in response to an unprecedented attack launched by Iran against Israel overnight. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps announced late Saturday that they had initiated a barrage of drones and missiles directed at military sites within Israeli territory. Tehran justified the attack as a response to an earlier strike on its consulate building in Damascus.

Rosaviatsia, Russia’s civil aviation agency, declared on Sunday the suspension of flights from Russia to the aforementioned countries. This includes both direct flights and transit flights utilizing the airspace of these nations by Russian airlines. The decision was communicated through Rosaviatsia’s Telegram channel, citing the need for these restrictions until further notice.

Furthermore, Russia’s Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) highlighted the presence of numerous Russian tourists currently in Iran on organized tours, indicating potential disruptions to travel plans due to the flight suspensions.

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Israel’s military reported a high success rate in intercepting the drones and missiles, attributing this accomplishment to assistance from the United States and other allies, thereby thwarting Iran’s attack.

Experts have speculated that Iran’s deliberate choice of slow-moving drones in Saturday’s attack may have been a calculated move to showcase its military prowess while leaving room for diplomatic maneuvering.

In response to the escalating situation, Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged both Iran and Israel to exercise restraint and seek resolution through diplomatic means. The ministry also criticized certain Western members of the UN Security Council for their perceived failure to adequately address the attack on Iran’s consular mission.

Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s deputy representative to the UN, voiced concerns about the potential escalation of the crisis and emphasized the importance of the parties involved taking constructive steps to de-escalate tensions.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued strong advisories against travel to the Middle East, specifically singling out Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine, citing the volatile situation in the region.

Russia’s historical approach of maintaining relations with major powers in the Middle East has faced challenges, particularly in light of recent events such as the conflict in Gaza. This has led to strains in its ties with Israel, while simultaneously strengthening military and political cooperation with Iran.

Despite these developments, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia had not been approached to act as a mediator between Iran and Israel in this conflict.