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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, July 11 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu credited the cooperation between Israel and Russia as a “central component in preventing a conflagration and deterioration north of Israel’s border in Syria, in remarks Wednesday to media following talks in Moscow.

The prime minister traveled with his wife to visit President Vladimir Putin for discussions about Iran’s presence in Syria — which Israel is unwilling to tolerate in any form — as well as other issues regarding the situation north of the border.

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“Several hours ago a Syrian UAV penetrated Israel’s airspace,” Netanyahu noted. “We shot it down and we will continue to take strong action against any trickle [of fire] and any infiltration into Israel’s air space or territory. We expect that everyone will respect this sovereignty and that Syria will strictly abide by the [1974] Separation of Forces Agreement,” he added.

“The cooperation between us is a central component in preventing a conflagration and deterioration of these and other situations; therefore I would like to thank you for the opportunity to discuss these matters,” he told Putin in their joint news conference following their meeting, “and of course, all other issues. Truly, thank you.”

The two men joined Netanyahu’s Sara in watching the World Cup semi-finals, hosted by Moscow, following their meeting.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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