Putin tells Netanyahu to tread lightly in Syria

Katrina Barker
April 13, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Ambassador of Montenegro to Russia Ramiz Basic (L) as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (back) looks on during a ceremony of presenting ambassadors' credentials at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on April 11, 2018. Any attempt by Iran to install its military in Syria is considered an unassailable red-line for the Jewish State.

In a statement after the call, the Kremlin said Putin "emphasized the importance of respecting Syria's sovereignty", and called on Netanyahu to avoid any action "that could further destabilize the situation" in Syria.

It said the call, which had been at the initiative of the Israeli prime minister, addressed "the Syrian issue... including in connection with the recent missile strikes on the T-4 airfield in Homs by the Israeli Air Force". Tel Aviv views Hizballah, an Iranian-backed regime ally, as its biggest threat and has grown alarmed over Tehran's growing clout in Syria. Israel maintains a policy of not commenting directly on attacks outside its borders.

The readout from Netanyahu's office of the same phone call said Israel would not tolerate a long-term Iranian presence in Syria. Both countries are allied with the Assad regime, which has been endeavoring to quell an uprising since 2011 and is estimated to have killed as many as 700,000 Syrians.

In his speech, Netanyahu criticised the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and warned Iranian leaders not to "test Israel's resolve".

Russian Federation on Wednesday also threatened to shoot down any possible USA missiles fired into Syria, as global powers considered a unified response to a deadly chemical attack in the war-torn country, which the White House said Syria and Russian Federation were responsible for.

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