MADRID, 12 Sep. –
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned this Thursday before Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the main supporters of the Bashar al Assad regime, that he will not tolerate attacks launched by Iran from Syria in the framework of the civil war that the Arab country suffers.
“In recent months we have seen a sharp increase in Iran's attempts to use Syrian territory to attack us or to deploy missiles there that would pose a threat to us. We will not accept this threat,” Netanyahu said in his meeting with Putin. .
In this context, he stressed the importance of military cooperation between Israel and Russia. “I can say that it is a very important element for the stability of the entire region,” he said, according to the Sputnik news agency.
Putin, for his part, has also valued military cooperation between the two countries in the context of “a constant terrorist threat” globally.
In addition, he thanked Netanyahu's “efforts” in these years, during which bilateral relations “have acquired a new quality both in the security aspect and in the military cooperation aspect.”
He has also announced that he will visit Israel in early 2020 in response to the invitation made by his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin. “Please, convey to the President that I will go with pleasure,” Putin confirmed.
Netanyahu's visit to Russia comes just five days before the parliamentary elections in Israel, in which a new mandate is played. The Jewish leader and Putin have met twelve times in the last four years.