Russia Will Keep Coordinating With Israel Over Syria

Israeli condemnation of Ukraine conflict won't reverse deconfliction

Ongoing military coordination between Israel and Russia, an important aspect of the ongoing Syrian War and Israel’s repeated attacks therein, will be unaffected by recent tensions surrounding the Ukraine conflict.

Israel was deeply critical of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russia is “unhappy” with that. The deconfliction in Syria, meant to avoid direct conflict, will continue anyhow.

While Russia could’ve chosen to reverse this process, either formally over Ukraine or because of Israeli violations of Syrian sovereignty, Russia appears to believe this wasn’t necessary.

It’s likely the Ukraine issue is not that significant in this case, with Israel’s criticism really just mirroring US policy, and probably no surprise to anyone paying attention. Since Ukraine is not directly related to Syria, the surrounding chatter could likely be dismissed.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.