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Netanyahu and Putin Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
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Netanyahu, Putin to meet Tuesday for Syria talks

PM to travel to Russia with aim of convincing Putin to back out of S-300 arms deal with Syria

AFP
Published: 05.13.13, 13:35 / Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said, amid concerns Moscow plans to deliver advanced missiles to the Damascus regime.

 

"It is expected that major attention will be paid to the current situation in the Middle East, first and foremost in Syria," the Kremlin said in a statement. It said the talks would take place in Russia, without giving further details.

 

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Last week, Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency, citing a diplomatic source, also said Netanyahu expected to call on Putin at his Black Sea residence in Sochi.

 

According to Ynet's defense analyst Ron Ben-Yishai, Netanyahu is planning to urge Putin to back out of the arms deal with the Syrian regime.

 

The S-300 is a Russian system made to intercept aircraft at ranges of over 100 km (60 miles) as well as ballistic missiles. It is unknown exactly which model Russia intends to sell to the Syrians or whether it has already done so.

 

The goal of the pressing visit is to allow the two leaders to coordinate their positions regarding Syria and Hezbollah , and, more importantly, to prevent the implementation of the Russian-Syrian arms deal which the Russians have postponed, but failed to cancel.

 

 

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