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Netanyahu to meet Putin this month for Iran-Syria talks

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned on Tuesday that he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month in Moscow for talks on Iranian army activity in Syria.

It will likely be their first face-to-face meeting since November and follows a chain of air strikes in January against what Israel mentioned have been facilities belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force in Syria.

"I'll be going on February 21 again to Russia following my discussions with President Putin in Paris a few months ago and subsequent phone conversations," Netanyahu mentioned.

"It's very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria," he mentioned in English, originally of a gathering at his place of work with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

"This is one of the subjects, the main subject, that I'll be discussing with President Putin."

On January 29, Netanyahu held talks in Jerusalem with two Russian officers on reinforcing their army coordination in Syria to keep away from any "friction" there, his place of work mentioned at the time.

The meeting with the Kremlin's Syria envoy Alexander Lavrentiev and deputy international minister Sergey Vershinin keen on "Iran and the situation in Syria", it mentioned.

It got here on the heels of January 21-22 Israeli strikes on what the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned have been positions and property held by means of Iran and its allies in Syria.

Israel has performed masses of air strikes in Syria up to now few years against Iranian and Hezbollah goals, and the Jewish state and Russia have set up a "de-confliction" hotline to keep away from unintended clashes.

That mechanism was stretched when a Russian army plane was mistakenly shot down by means of Syrian air defences after an Israeli raid in September.

Fifteen Russian squaddies have been killed and the Russian military accused Israeli pilots of the usage of Moscow's plane as cover to evade Syrian gunfire.

As a part of its reaction, Russia announced new safety features to protect its army in Syria, together with supplying it with an S-300 air defence device and jamming the radars of within sight warplanes.

Both Russia and Israel's arch-enemy Iran are allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and feature helped his forces inflict numerous defeats on rebels and jihadists.

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