”It’s very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria. In many ways we’ve blocked that advance and we’re committed to continue blocking it, preventing Iran from creating another warfront against us, right here opposite the Golan Heights,” said Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 21 February, a follow up of their meeting last November in in Paris, to discuss the Iranian threat.
“I’ll be going on February 21st again to Russia following my discussions with President Putin in Paris a few months ago and subsequent phone conversations. It’s very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria. In many ways we’ve blocked that advance and we’re committed to continue blocking it, preventing Iran from creating another warfront against us, right here opposite the Golan Heights. This is the main subject I will be discussing with President Putin.”
Relations between Moscow and Jerusalem hit a snag last September when the former blamed the latter for downing a Russian plane in Syria during an Israeli airstrike that targeted a Syrian weapons facility near the city of Latakia, which Israeli officials say was being used as a weapons clearinghouse for Hezbollah and Iran.
According to Israel, when Syrian military air defenses responded to the airstrike, they failed to hit the Israeli jets, shooting down a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane carrying 15 crew members instead.
Last month, Russia called on Israel to stop its “arbitrary” airstrikes in Syria, saying that they should be “ruled out.” This was in response to Israel launching a massive attack on numerous Iranian targets in Syria, such as a site at Damascus International Airport, munition storage facilities, an Iranian military training camp and an Iranian intelligence site.
“The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case, we are talking about Syria, should be ruled out,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “We should never allow Syria, which has suffered years of armed conflict, to be turned into an arena where geopolitical scores are settled.”