Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11. (AP)

February 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Iranian presence in Syria with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, as well as possible ways to clamp down this presence.

“Yesterday we heard a senior official in Iran’s terrorist regime say, ‘Iran has attained 90 percent of its goals in Syria,’” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday.

“That’s not true. It’s true they’re trying, and it’s true we’re preventing it,” he added.

“A month ago an Iranian official said they’re just ‘advising’ in Syria. The world is hearing a great many lies from Iran. I have a clear message to the Iranian regime, which wants to destroy Israel: Israel will continue to act for as long as necessary to prevent Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria.”

Of his talks with Putin, Netanyahu said: “Of course, Iran will be at the top of our agenda, we’ve agreed on that. I’ll discuss with him developments in the region and Iran’s aggression.”

The two leaders “will also discuss strengthening the defense coordination mechanism between the Israeli army and the Russian army to ensure stability and prevent unnecessary friction in the region,” he revealed.

The visit was scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to this week.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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