Netanyahu Says Meetings With Putin Serve to Promote Security of Israel, Russia
Benjamin Netanyahu said that his meetings with Vladimir Putin had served to promote security interests of both countries.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin had served to promote security and other interests of both countries. "In the recent years, I usually meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure, above all, our interests and security on our northern border. I can say that all of the talks I have had with him, up to this day, have served to promote our security and I think the interests of Russia as well, and not just ours," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 20 broadcaster on Saturday. Netanyahu, who had a meeting with Putin in Russia's city of Sochi on Wednesday, explained his decision to hold a "sudden" meeting with the Russian president by the change of the situation in the region. "In the last few weeks, it [the situation] has changed. There is a significant possibility of international victory over the Daesh [Islamic State terror group banned in Russia] in Syria. It is good. But it is bad that Iran is actively, regularly infiltrating areas which Daesh is leaving," Netanyahu said. The Israeli prime minister said that Iran was aiming to start a conflict with Israel, which threatened regional and global security. This statement echoed Netanyahu's words at talks with Putin earlier this week where he also said that Tehran was trying to increase its presence in Syria, was effectively in control of Libya and attempted to influence Iraq and Yemen.