Just after an Israeli warplane allegedly struck the Tiyas (T-4) air base near Homs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet later this week with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
“We meet from time to time in order to ensure security coordination and, of course, to discuss regional developments,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday, adding that he plans to discuss two “basic principles” at their July 11 meeting.
“First, we will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria — not close to the border and far away from it.
“Second, we will demand that Syria, and the Syrian military, strictly uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement,” he said.
It is expected that Putin will also discuss the issue of Iran’s role in Syria with U.S. President Donald Trump at their summit on July 16 in Helsinki.