Netanyahu, Putin to meet over Syria conflict

Claudine Rigal
Août 20, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

The two leaders are set "to discuss the latest developments in the region", according to a release by the Prime Minister's Office.

The Kremlin has not yet commented on reports of Netanyahu's planned meeting with Putin.

Such talks have allowed the two countries to so far avoid any confrontation between their air forces, as Russian Federation conducts airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the civil war, but has carried out strikes to prevent arms deliveries to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which fights alongside Assad's forces. But its air force has struck what Israel says are weapons shipments directed toward the anti-Israeli Hizballah militant group, which supports Assad.

Earlier this year, Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador over air strikes near Moscow's forces close to the Syrian city of Palmyra.

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