Israeli PM Netanyahu Plans Visit To Sochi To Meet With Putin

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 20, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 23 in Sochi to discuss the situation on the Middle East, the administration of the head of the Israeli government reported.

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 confirmed if such a meeting is planned.

One of the main subjects likely to be discussed is concerns expressed by Israel over events in Syria, which is embroiled in a six-year civil war.

Russian Federation supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a bitter longtime Israeli rival.

Israel has attempted to remain out of the fighting. But its air force has struck what Israel says are weapons shipments directed toward the anti-Israeli Hizballah militant group, which supports Assad.

In March, Russia's foreign ministry summoned Israel's ambassador over air strikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

At the time, Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told AFP that in general, Moscow was not informed of Israeli strikes in Syria ahead of time, even though a "hotline" was set up past year to avoid accidental clashes between the two countries' forces.

Netanyahu and Putin meet in Paris on November 30, 2015.

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