The planned meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin set for Thursday has been postponed, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Wednesday.
Both parties “mutually agreed to postpone the meeting for several days,” according to the communique. No explanation was given.
However, Likud sources say Netanyahu decided to postpone the meeting due to pending political developments in the upcoming elections, with the finalized lists for Knesset candidates due for submission this Thursday.
Netanyahu and Putin were to meet to discuss the situation with Iran in Syria, and to coordinate the military forces of the two countries across Israel’s northern border.
It would have been the first meeting since the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian aerial defense forces last September. The Syrians claimed they were firing at Israeli warplanes, but the IDF said its aircraft had already left the area.
Israel had carried out an air strike on Iranian military positions in the country. Russia blamed Israel for the deaths of 15 crew members aboard the aircraft.