Medvedev meets with Netanyahu during four-day tour in Israel; Meeting centered on Syria, Iran, ISIS and cooperation in trade, energy and agriculture
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Jerusalem Thursday morning, their meeting centered on military coordination in Syria, increasing cooperation in energy, agriculture and trade and most significantly, combatting Islamic global terrorism, specifically ISIS.
Medvedev is on a four-day tour of Israel where he will meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials before returning to Moscow. He has been clear that the focus of his visit is to improve existing bilateral economic relations. The Russian prime minister’s visit also marks the 25th anniversary of restored diplomatic relations between the Russia and Israel.
Netanyahu stated during their press conference, “We would like to take advantage of the great opportunities of the new world, but there are those who would like to take us backward to the old world of the dark and murderous Middle Ages, and we are partners in the war on radical Islamic terror. Israel, Russia and the US and many other countries share the goal of eliminating Daesh [Islamic State].”
On Israel-Russia military coordination in Syria he stated “I think that cooperation between all of the elements I have said toward this goal serves each one of us and also serves humanity,” Netanyahu referring specifically to Israel’s ongoing concern with Iran, Netanyahu stating “We are also concerned by the second element leading radical Islam and this is Iran which champions the destruction of Israel and also supports 360 degree terror on five continents.”
He spoke of the necessity of cooperative, agreed red lines when it comes to Iran and Israel’s security in relation to Iran’s forces in Syria. Netanyahu stated that “We are determined to do two things: First, prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons and second, to prevent Iran – in any situation that arises in Syria, with or without an agreement – from establishing itself militarily in Syria, on the ground, in the air or at sea. We are also determined to prevent it from bringing about the establishment of Shiite militias, which it is organizing, and of course, the arming of Hezbollah with dangerous weapons aimed at us.”
Medvedev spoke of Israel as a strong economic partner, stating that the Jewish state is Russia’s “biggest partner in the region for economic affairs”. He called for the need to increase and pursue “economic and commercial relations”, particularly in the area of agriculture between Russia and Israel. He stated “In Russia there are specific agricultural conditions and in Israel there is the technology which combined can bring about quality”.
On global terrorism and ISIS, Prime Minister Medvedev stated “The Russian Federation also suffers from terror and it is part and parcel of the same thing. In light of this fact we have to fight terror together and that relates to security cooperation. With joint efforts we need to destroy the seed of terror which lies in the hands of ISIS.”
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