RFL/RE – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Syrian conflict and Iran’s presence in the country will be high on the agenda when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 29.
Speaking to reporters upon his departure, Netanyahu said he and Putin would discuss what he called “Iran’s relentless efforts to establish a military presence in Syria, which we strongly oppose and are also taking action against.”
He accused Iran of seeking “to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site” targeting Israel, which he said his country “will not tolerate.”
Netanyahu said he and Putin “meet periodically in order to ensure the military coordination” between the Israeli and Russian forces in Syria.
The two leaders were due to discuss ways to boost bilateral cooperation in trade, economy, cultural, and humanitarian spheres, as well as “pressing international and regional issues” including the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the situation in Syria, the Kremlin has said.
Netanyahu will be accompanied in the talks by Zeev Elkin, a Ukrainian-born Israeli minister in charge of Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, according to Israel’ s Haaretz newspaper.