The press service of the Kremlin published an official notification about the upcoming meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled for March 9.
«During the upcoming talks planned in-depth exchange of views on the current situation in the middle East, especially in the context of joint efforts to counter international terrorism. It is also expected to discuss key aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. The President of Russia and Prime Minister of Israel traditionally will pay attention to topical issues of the bilateral agenda, including further expansion of Russian-Israeli cooperation in trade-economic and humanitarian spheres», – said in an official statement.
March 5, at the Sunday government meeting, Netanyahu announced that on Thursday, March 9, will take off with official visit to Moscow, where he will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Netanyahu, during negotiations he intends to protest due to the fact that in Syria continue to operate the Iranian military. The Prime Minister noted that Iran is committed to a permanent military presence in Syria and control over the Syrian part of the Golan heights, considering this territory as a convenient springboard for attacks on Israel.
The previous visit of Netanyahu to Moscow took place in June 2016. He also met with the Russian President in April 2016, in November and September of 2015. Then, in the course of the talks raised the topic of the presence in Syria of the Iranian military and the militants «Hezbollah», which, like the Russian military, are fighting on the side of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.