Leaders discussed developments in Syria in phone call on Wednesday; Putin called on Israel to “respect the sovereignty of Syria”, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin held a phone conversation on Wednesday centered on Syria.
Putin called on Israel to avoid any further military aggression in Syria, with Netanyahu reiterating that Israel will not allow Iran to continue as a threat on its borders.
According to a press report from the Kremlin, Israel initiated the conversation following diplomatic threats from Russia. The report claims that “Upon an initiative of the Israeli side, a telephone conversation took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Syrian issue was discussed, including the recent missile strikes on the T-4 airfield in Homs by the Israeli Air Force.”
The report claims that “Vladimir Putin stressed the fundamental importance of respecting the sovereignty of Syria and called for refraining from any actions that might further destabilize the situation in the country and pose a threat to its security.”
The conversation follows Israel’s ambassador to Russia being summoned by Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, as well as attacks and threats all week. Russia took to providing details to the press of Israel’s covert operation in Syria, as well as using international bodies and organizations to attack Israel for “indiscriminate” treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Assad’s regime is preparing for US strikes. On Wednesday, it instructed the evacuation of its airports and many of its military bases.
Photo: Netanyahu and Putin in 2017, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.