Netanyahu will seek the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today,before a visit in Moscow he will ask from Vladimir Putin to withdraw theIranian military forces from Syria on the basis of any agreement for the end of the civil war in that country.
Iran seeks, pursuant to an agreement or not, to be permanently based in Syriawith a military presence on land or maritime military presence and also through a gradual attempt to open a front with us on the Golan Heights, “Netanyahu said at today’s session of the Government .
He announced that he will convey to Putin a strong oposition on this possibility and he hopes to be able to achieve a certain understanding to reduce possible tensions between the Israeli and Russian forces, how is it being done successfully till now, reports Israeli media.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov said today to Arab newspaper Al-Hayat that the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria will be done only in the context of a final agreement in Syria.
“The authorities which will be legally elected in Syria will be the ones that will have the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country,” said Bogdanov, former Russian Ambassador to Israel.
Russia and Israel were celebrating in October last year a quarter century of diplomatic relations. On this occasion, Putin and Netanyahu spoked by telephone for the sixth time in this year.
Another reason for the conversation was a substantial increase of Russian forces in Syria, wrote Israeli media,so the president of Israel Ruven Rivlin visited Russia, while Netanyahu was in Moscow twice.
The main reason for closer relations between these two countries was the entry of Russian troops in the war in Syria. Israel and Russia have established a mechanism for military coordination in order to prevent incidents between their air and naval forces.
Netanyahu praised the role of Russia in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State and other radical extremists in Syria. He also warned of the danger posed by radical Shiite organization, which is an obvious allusion to the Lebanese Hezbollah, against whom Israel fought more than a month in the year 2006.
One of the things against which we fight together is radical Islamic terrorism. Of course, over the past year, there has been significant progress in the fight against radical Sunni Islamic terrorism Daesa and Al Qaeda – Netanyahu said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
Russia has sided with Iran and Hezbollah to help them in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but at the same time maintain good relations with Israel. The two countries cooperate], including in order to prevent every possible incident between] in its military force in Syria.
Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow was preceded by a meeting with the President of the United States, Donald Trump at the White House in February.
Netanyahu announced that he would emphasize Israel’s opposition to the military presence of Iran in Syria on the basis of any possible agreement to end the conflict raging in the neighboring country.