Monday, May 21, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow in June 2016. (Credit: Haim Zach/GPO)

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in Syria, just hours after Israel reportedly bombed a Syrian military site linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards south of Damascus, approximately 29 miles from the Israeli border, and just a day after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, based on evidence received from Israel.

At the start his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu remarked on the planned May 9 commemoration of the Soviet Union’s victory against Nazi Germany.

Netanyahu told Putin, “We in Israel do not forget for a moment the great sacrifice of the Russian people and the Red Army in the victory over the Nazi monster.”

Ahead of his trip, Netanyahu said the meeting would be about “ensuring ongoing military cooperation in Syria.”

“Our meetings are always important, and this one is especially so. Given what is happening now in Syria, it is important to ensure the continued security cooperation between the Russian army and the Israel Defense Forces,” he said.

 

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