Lavrov explained in a press conference: “We are also concerned that, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, an operation is being prepared to sweep Rafah, where two-thirds of the entire population of Gaza, who fled the violence in the Gaza Strip and the rest of the Strip, are gathering.”

Lavrov indicated that if the Israeli operation was completed, many refugees would head to Egypt, which objected to such a scenario, and described the possible outcome as “ethnic cleansing.” Lavrov also referred to the negative developments taking place in the West Bank, where army raids intensified. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that practical steps to normalize relations between Turkey and Syria have now become impossible due to the situation in the Gaza Strip. Lavrov explained, in a press conference at the “Antalya Diplomatic Forum” today, Saturday: “We confirm our interest in promoting the normalization of relations between Syria and Turkey... We have worked on this, and in fact, we continue to work, but practical steps now are impossible due to the fact that what is happening in the Gaza Strip... the Palestinian territories directly affects all participants in this process.” Turkish media reported, today. Saturday, that "it is possible that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will hold a meeting in the near future in Moscow, with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the final date will be determined based on the results of the Russian President's scheduled visit to Turkey." Lavrov regarding the accession of Sweden and Finland To NATO: The long years of good neighborliness have been in vain