Netanyahu says to meet Putin in Moscow next Wednesday

Netanyahu says to meet Putin in Moscow next Wednesday

JERUSALEM, Feb. 22 (Rahnuma): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Moscow, after he cancelled a planned meeting because of domestic political issues.

The meeting will be held next Wednesday in the Kremlin, according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

The two leaders spoke by phone earlier on Thursday, a day after a meeting between them was cancelled by Netanyahu amid expected union by two of his biggest rivals ahead of the April 9 elections.

Next week’s meeting is part of the continuing efforts by Israel and Russia to coordinate their moves on the Syrian battleground, as the two armies hold a hotline to avoid clashes of their air forces.

Russian forces have been fighting alongside the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrike in Syria against Iranian targets and arms convoys to Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia.

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