Report: Russia Reprimands Diplomats Over Missile Test

YERUSHALAYIM -
An Israeli soldier by an Iron Dome battery near Yerushalayim on Monday. Israeli officials downplayed the deployment as routine. (Flash90)
An Israeli soldier by an Iron Dome battery near Yerushalayim on Monday. Israeli officials downplayed the deployment as routine. (Flash90)

Russia reprimanded the military attaches of Israel and the U.S. following an unannounced missile defense drill held over the Mediterranean Sea last week, according to Russian news sources.

According to the RIA-Novosti news agency, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antanov summoned the Israeli and American attaches and gave them a message for the governments — to refrain from military activities that could endanger regional security.

“The IDF does not comment on internal talks in the context of military diplomacy channels,” a senior military source said in response to the reports.

On September 3, the Defense Ministry in cooperation with the Pentagon launched a new Israeli-made target missile, and activated the radar system and command and control of the Arrow missile defense system.

The Defense Ministry only acknowledged the drill after Russia said that its navy radars in the Mediterranean had identified the launching, the first the world knew of it.