Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The focus of our talks will be the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu — the Likud leader who is seeking a fifth term as prime minister in April’s Knesset elections — said on Tuesday, ahead of his departure for Russia. “We are taking action against it; we are attacking their bases. We will continue to take action against it.”
“We will continue to act until we get the Iranians to leave Syria because Iran is threatening to destroy Israel and we will not allow it a base close to our border,” he added.
A Kremlin statement on Tuesday said Putin and Netanyahu would discuss “key issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all on the trade-economic and humanitarian trajectories,” and also “exchange opinions on the current situation in the Middle East, including Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria.”