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July 1, 2013 12:41 am

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister: Putin Understands Israeli Position on Syria

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Ze'ev Elkin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem Post – Russian President Vladimir Putin understands and is more receptive to Israel’s positions than his foreign ministry headed by Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin told The Jerusalem Post in an interview last week.

Elkin, who accompanied Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when he met Putin in May to explain Israel’s opposition to the Russian delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, said the Russians “understand” Israel’s position on the matter, “especially if you talk about the president [Putin], and not the foreign ministry. There are some different tones from the presidency and the foreign ministry on this matter.”

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