Middle East Peace and Security Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Blanford writes for NOW. on Russia and Iran's cooperation in Syria, and how that has affected Russia's relationship with Israel:




A series of reported Israeli airstrikes over the weekend, allegedly against weapons storage facilities in Syria’s Qalamoun region, raises questions on the limits of cooperation between Russia and Iran in Syria and on Israel’s operational latitude in a Syrian airspace today dominated by the Russian Air Force.

While Russia and Iran are battlefield comrades in defending the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli airstrikes suggest that Moscow has little interest in helping its allies protect arms stockpiles that are intended to bolster Hezbollah's front against Israel.