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Kremlin Denies Reports That Netanyahu Gave Putin Israeli Plan For Syria Settlement


Kremlin Denies Reports That Netanyahu Gave Putin Israeli Plan For Syria Settlement

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Sochi, Russia August 23, 2017. (photo credit:SPUTNIK/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)

Russian Presidential Spokesman denied on March 27 media reports that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had handed over to President Vladimir Putin a plan regarding the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“I cannot confirm this information … In this case details must be apparently clarified to establish what plan we are talking about here and what [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu meant when he spoke about it,” the Russian news agency, TASS, quoted Dmitry Peskov as saying.

The Russian official added that Netanyahu did not hand over to Moscow any documents of this kind during his official visit to Russia on February 27. This was the first such visit since the downing of the Russian intelligence plane over Syria last September.

A senior Israeli official had told the Times of Israel that an Israeli plan on the Syrian conflict settlement was handed over to not only President Putin, but also U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to the official, Putin expressed great interest in the plan, that would force Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria. The unnamed official went on to claim that the plan could be discussed soon at a trilateral meeting of the Israeli, US and Russian leaders.

These false claims were likely meant to magnify Netanyahu’s influence in the U.S. and Russia. The Israeli PM is facing heavy internal pressure ahead of a critical elections.

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