Russia said it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli air attack inside Syria, and that any such action, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference. The Russian Foreign Ministry said:
If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the U.N. Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it.
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Mladic, now 75, was the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces in the 1990s, who fought against the Bosnian Croat and Bosniak armies.
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His representatives said Cassidy, who was hospitalised last week, died "surrounded by those he loved."