PM to meet with Putin on bilateral cooperation, Iran, and Syria following phone conversation Monday; Kremlin: The two leaders discussed topical issues concerning bilateral cooperation, including military contacts, as well as the situation in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, his office confirming talks centered on Syria and Iran. The Kremlin released a statement confirming, “The two leaders discussed topical issues concerning bilateral cooperation, including military contacts, as well as the situation in the Middle East.”
The Office of the Prime Minister reported on Tuesday morning that Netanyahu will travel to Moscow to meet with Putin on Thursday as part of consultations and meetings between the leaders under its military coordination on Syria.
The leaders met last month, the focus of their talks on “the Iranian issue.” At the time, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed he made it “unequivocally clear that Israel will not allow the military entrenchment of Iran in Syria, and I also made it unequivocally clear that we would continue to take military action against it.” He also announced that both Russia and Israel would work together towards the “withdrawal of foreign forces that arrived in Syria after the outbreak of the civil war.” Netanyahu confirmed a joint team would be created to handle the mission.
Netanyahu has been meeting with world leaders ahead of national elections next week Israelis will take to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the 21st Knesset (Israeli parliament). The prime minister is currently hosting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Both leaders toured the Western Wall Tunnels and Wall on Monday.
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