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Haaretz: the special representative of Putin secretly visited Israel

Sunday, December 27, Barack Ravid reports in the newspaper Haaretz, last Thursday Israel on a short visit to Alexander Lavrentiev, the special representative of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the settlement in Syria.

According to Ravid citing senior sources in the political leadership of Israel, Lavrentiev was accompanied by the Director of the Department of Middle East in the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Vershinin and members of the intelligence services of Russia. The delegation was accepted by the head of the national security Council Yossi Cohen, who will soon take the post of head of the foreign intelligence service «Mossad».

The main topic of conversation during this visit was negotiations on the settlement in Syria. The representatives of Israel stated that the government insists on retaining freedom of action to prevent terrorist attacks from Syrian soil and the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. The Israeli side also demanded that any agreement will be reached, included the cessation of the use of Syrian territory for the organization of acts of terror against Israel, writes Ravid.

Ha’aretz notes that no official Israeli source has not commented on the visit of the Russian delegation.

After the visit to Israel, the Russian delegation went to Egypt.

December 22 telephone conversation took place between Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The press service of the Kremlin reported that the initiator of the conversation was made by the Israeli side.

According to this report, the two leaders discussed the situation in the middle East region, focusing on the Syrian crisis. Vladimir Putin, in particular, drew attention to the lack of alternatives to start an inter-Syrian negotiations under the auspices of the UN, and the continuation of the «uncompromising struggle with the «Islamic state» and other extremist groups operating in Syria», — is spoken in the message.

The parties agreed to maintain an active dialogue at various levels, including in order to further coordinate actions during anti-terrorist operation.

Haaretz: the special representative of Putin secretly visited Israel 27.12.2015

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