Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO
Netanyahu meets Putin in Moscow, January 29, 2018.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this month in their first meeting since Syrian soldiers firing anti-aircraft missiles accidentally shot down a Russian spy plane in September 2018 following an Israeli air strike on an Iranian military position. All 15 personnel aboard the aircraft were killed.

At the time, Russia’s defense ministry publicly held Israel responsible for the incident.

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The meeting between Netanyahu and Putin is set for Feb. 21, and according to the Prime Minister’s Office it is to be a “continuation of their Nov. 11 2018 meeting in Paris.”

Speaking from his meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Netanyahu told reporters, “It’s very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria.

“In many ways we’ve blocked that advance, and we’re committed to continue blocking it, preventing Iran from creating another war front against us, right here opposite the Golan Heights,” the prime minister said.

“This is the main subject I will be discussing with President Putin.”

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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.