Netanyahu to visit Russia over Putin’s Syria support

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss Putin’s support for the Assad regime in Syria.

During the visit, which is scheduled for next week, Netanyahu will talk with Putin about “the stationing of Russian forces in Syria,” and “present the threats posed to Israel as a result of the increased flow of advanced war materiel to the Syrian arena and the transfer of deadly weapons to Hezbollah and other terror organizations,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

On Tuesday, Putin pledged to continue military support for the Syrian government led by Bashar Assad.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said on the same day that the Russian military has had “increased activity” in Syria in the last few days.

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