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SEPTEMBER 2020

Russian And Israeli Leaders Held Phone Call Amid Growing Tensions In Syria

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Russian And Israeli Leaders Held Phone Call Amid Growing Tensions In Syria

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)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on December 6 with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and discussed the situation in Syria.

According to the Kremlin, issues of Russian-Israeli cooperation on Syrian settlement were in focus of the two leaders’ telephone conversation.

“The sides discussed a range of issues of the current bilateral agenda, including those related to the upcoming visit by the Russian president to Israel in January 2020. Apart from that, they discussed issues of Russian-Israeli cooperation on the Syrian track,” the Kremlin press service said in a statement, according to the TASS news agency.

The new phone call comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran over Syria. Last month, Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on Damascus in response to an alleged rocket attack from the war-torn country.

The tensions didn’t stop there. A recent Israeli report claimed that Iranian forces are moving advanced weapons to the T4 airbase in central Syria. The report was seen as a pretext for a possible Israeli attack on the airbase that hosts Russian troops.

The situation in Syria will likely be discussed in details during the upcoming visit of President Putin to Israel, which is set to take place sometime in January.

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