Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov summoned the Israeli and American military attaches in Moscow to rebuke them for last week's missile test, according to Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti.
According to the report, Antonov summoned Israeli military attache Col. Kobi Haviv and his American counterpart Brig. Gen. Peter B. Zwack on Wednesday last week, a day after a joint Israeli-U.S. missile test over the Mediterranean Sea.
Antonov said there was no reason to carry out such tests in the Mediterranean when tensions are so high in the region. He also voiced his displeasure with the fact that Israel and the U.S. did not notify Russia about the test and urged the attaches to relay how important that is during such a sensitive time.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said it "refuses to comment on internal dialogue over military diplomatic channels."
The Homa Administration in the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT), in cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, successfully tested the Sparrow target missile used in anti-missile defense systems, the Defense Ministry said in a statement released Tuesday last week.
The statement came some four hours after the 9:15 a.m. missile test, and about one hour after the Russian Defense Ministry said its radar had picked up two "objects" that were fired from the middle of the Mediterranean towards the coastline.
Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10:16 a.m. Moscow time (9:16 a.m. Israel time) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran. Russia's Defense Ministry was irked by the test.
"Is there any other region more volatile and packed with weapons today?" Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said during a press conference on the day of the missile test. "I don't completely understand how someone could play with arms and missiles in that region today."