Netanyahu leaves for Moscow to meet with Putin and discuss Syria, Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in Moscow on Monday for a one-day visit to discuss Syria and the Iranian presence along Israel’s northern border with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu said he intends to speak about Iran and its “incessant attempts to establish a military presence in Syria” and efforts to turn Lebanon into “one big missile site.”
Netanyahu and Putin in 2011 Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Moscow on Monday morning to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the one-day visit, the leaders are expected to discuss the situation in Syria and the Iranian presence along Israel’s northern border.

Upon boarding his plane, Netanyahu told reporters that he occasionally meets with Putin to discuss the military coordination between the IDF and Russia’s armed forces in Syria. The prime minister explained that these arrangements have succeeded and stressed the importance of continuing their success.

In addition, Netanyahu said he intends to discuss Iran and its “incessant attempts to establish a military presence in Syria.” The prime minister added that he will also discuss Iran’s attempt to turn Lebanon into “one big missile site” manufacturing lethal and precise weapons against Israel.

As previously reported by JOL, in a rare op-ed published in Arabic-language media and on Lebanese opposition-owned websites, IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis wrote that Iran has turned Lebanon into "one big missile factory" as the international community is turning a blind eye. "It's no longer just transferring weapons, money or strategic advice," Manelis wrote. "Iran has de facto opened a new branch in Lebanon."



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