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Moscow Seeks to Reassure Israel Its Security Won’t Be Affected by Russian Withdrawal From Syria

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Russian warplanes. Russia announced plans to withdraw from Syria's civil war. Photo: Wikipedia.

Russian warplanes. Russia announced plans to withdraw from Syria’s civil war. Photo: Wikipedia. – Russian envoy to Israel Alexey Drobinin attempted to assuage fears in Israel over his country’s surprise announcement on Monday that it would begin to drawdown its forces in Syria.

“We will try to ensure that this (Syria) crisis is resolved, and we will also do everything so that Israel’s national security interests are not harmed in the process,” Drobinin told Yedioth Ahronoth, without elaborating.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin out of the blue announced that “the main part” of Russian armed forces will begin to withdraw from Syria, but that Russian forces will remain in a limited capacity at its naval base in Tartus and Hmeymim airbase.

In separate remarks to Israeli Army Radio, Drobinin said that Russia will remain mindful of Israel’s concerns.

“Israel is a neighboring country. It cannot be indifferent to what is happening in Syria. We take this into account, of course,” he said. “We have an ongoing dialogue with the Israeli side on all levels – the military level and diplomatic level.”

Israeli military officials said they were also surprised by the Russian move.

“We had no prior information about the Russian announcement of a reduction in its involvement, just as others didn’t,” Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said at a Knesset hearing on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin arrived in Moscow on Tuesday evening ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. While Rivlin’s trip to Moscow was planned before the surprise announcement on Monday, Rivlin said that he will take the opportunity to focus on Russia’s military draw down in Syria and potential threats to Israel from Iran, as well as terror groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State.

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  • Jonah

    Vladymire, he who God holds in high esteem. God has a message for you. When you speak to Israel, speak from the heart, not with a deceptive mind. God can discern spiritually your secret motives. Hearken…..heads up….Angels in heaven with slings of asteroids are awaiting Gods commands. God loves dearly the Russian and the Chinese. God modifys the attitudes of those he loves by a prophets warnings. Not so with America its destiny is carved in granite. Their insurrection against the elect of this planet is so reprehensible that it has passed the point of no return, repentance at this time for America would be an act of futility. So, Putin, as you walk Gods end time gauntlet…..Do it very carefully and hearken to my angels as they speak to you….you know very well what I am telling you. Do not attempt to plead ignorance of my dictates as you are being made aware of my every move and what your actions should be in order to avoid a conflict with Me.