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July 10, 2018 4:51 pm

Netanyahu to Visiting Russian Officials: Israel Will Not Tolerate Iranian Military Presence in Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with two visiting top Russian officials, July 10, 2018. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday with a visiting delegation of top Russian officials to discuss regional developments.

The delegation consisted of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy, Alexander Lavrentiev, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin.

Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, also participated in the meeting.

According to Netanyahu’s office, the prime minister “made it clear that Israel will not tolerate a military presence by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria and that Syria must strictly abide by the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.”

On Wednesday, Netanyahu will fly to Moscow for a meeting with Putin.

The Israeli leader has met with Putin numerous times since Russia’s military intervention in Syria began three years ago.

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