Russia has expressed concern about a possible rapprochement between Israel and Turkey. The opinion of the Kremlin on this occasion, the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov announced at a meeting with the Director General of the Israeli foreign Ministry Dori gold.
Barack Ravid writes in ha’aretz that Russia expressed concern about the likely strengthening of Turkey’s influence in the Gaza strip, as well as in relation to alleged transactions regarding the purchase of Israeli gas to the Turkish side. The Israeli foreign Ministry refused to comment on the issue.
According to ha’aretz, although the main topic of the talks with the participation of the Israeli delegation, held in Moscow last Thursday, February 18, was the situation in Syria, the Russian side also raised the issue of the Israeli-Turkish rapprochement.
In the framework of negotiations on the normalization of relations with Israel, Turkey has demanded access to Gaza for reconstruction. The Russian side expressed concern about this, according to Haaretz. It should be noted that earlier against Turkish presence in Gaza was made by the Egyptian government.
Russia also expressed dissatisfaction with the likely deal to buy Israeli gas. At the moment the Russian suppliers have the largest share in the Turkish import of gas.
The publication also reported that in Israel itself there were «influential group of employees of the Ministry of defence,» also urging not to rush to normalize relations with Ankara. They believe that the Turkish government support the terrorist organization Hamas, as well as the objections of Russia and Egypt indicate that the hasty signing of the agreement may not correspond to the interests of Israel.