Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday to try to enlist Moscow’s help in getting Iran to remove its forces from Syria — or at least pull back from Israeli lines.
Israel has grown increasingly alarmed about the growing presence of Iranian troops and allied militias in neighboring Syria, where they have provided vital support to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a grinding civil war.
“Iran needs to leave Syria — that is not something new for you,” Netanyahu told Putin as they headed into their meeting.
But while Russia and Iran are close allies in the battle to defend Assad’s government against the rebels trying to unseat him, some regional experts and diplomats question Putin’s ability — or interest — in persuading Tehran to pull out altogether.
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Israel to Russia: Assad’s safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria — Reuters
Netanyahu: Israel has no problem with Assad, but cease-fire agreements must be upheld — Haaretz
Netanyahu: Israel has ‘no problem’ with Assad government — Arutz Sheva
Netanyahu meets with Putin at Kremlin — Arutz Sheva
Netanyahu lands in Russia for Putin meet — YNet News