Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Elena Panina:
“The night incident at Damascus airport indicates an increase in tension around the perimeter of the Syrian border, said State Duma deputy Elena Panina. The deputy associated the incident with the plane with a general tightening of the American position in Middle Eastern affairs.
“After the failure of the impeachment in the Senate and the start of the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump will seek to demonstrate the most severe behavior in the foreign political arena. There is an obvious risk that the United States will act in Syria using the same methods that are now applied to Iran,” said RIA Novosti Panin.
A tragedy with a passenger plane had already happened a month ago in the Middle East: in early January, the Iranian military shot down a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 with 176 people on board, mistaking it for an enemy target. “A tragic accident occurred during the confrontation between Iran and the United States after the assassination of General Kassem Suleimani and a retaliatory strike against US bases in Iraq.”