PM meets with Russian counterpart as part of regional military coordination; Netanyahu addresses Syrian drone infiltration into Israel; Putin to meet with Iranian Foreign Policy Advisor on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Ruler.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, just hours after the IDF downed a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israel.
Both leaders addressed the press following, confirming talks centered on Iran’s presence in Syria and developments in the region. Netanyahu praised Israel and Russia’s military coordination, stating “Every visit such as this is an opportunity for us to work together to try to stabilize the situation in our region, increase security and increase stability.”
The prime minister confirmed the IDF’s retaliation on the Syrian drone, stating “Several hours ago a Syrian UAV penetrated Israel’s airspace. We shot it down and we will continue to take strong action against any trickle [of fire] and any infiltration into Israel’s airspace or territory. We expect that everyone will respect this sovereignty and that Syria will strictly abide by the  Separation of Forces Agreement.” He added “The cooperation between us is a central component in preventing a conflagration and deterioration of these and other situations; therefore, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to discuss these matters and, of course, all other issues.”
He again reiterated that Israel “will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace.”
Following their meeting, reports confirmed a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Policy Adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday. Velayati was to deliver an important message from Iran’s Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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