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July 11, 2018 3:51 pm

At Moscow Meeting With Putin, Israeli PM Netanyahu Reiterates Demand That Iran Leave Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 11, 2018. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / Pool via Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.

“It is clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting. “Our view that Iran needs to leave Syria is well-known; it is not new to you.”

“Several hours ago a Syrian UAV penetrated Israel’s airspace,” the prime minister continued. “We shot it down and we will continue to take strong action against any trickle [of fire] and any infiltration into Israel’s airspace or territory. We expect that everyone will respect this sovereignty and that Syria will strictly abide by the [1974] Separation of Forces Agreement.”

“The cooperation between us is a central component in preventing a conflagration and deterioration of these and other situations; therefore, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to discuss these matters and, of course, all other issues,” Netanyahu concluded.

Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu attended the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia in the Russian capital.

Before departing for Russia, Netanyahu said, “I am now leaving for Moscow for a very important meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We will discuss Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs. I very much appreciate the excellent direct connection, without intermediaries, between myself and the Russian president. It is very important for the national security of the State of Israel.”

Watch a video from the Netanyahu-Putin meeting below:

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