High Stakes Meeting in Moscow: Netanyahu and Putin

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On the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Moscow on Monday, the government and Israeli army spokespersons launched on Sunday an unprecedented campaign in which they warned of Iran's influence in Lebanon and Syria. He told reporters following the meeting that he made clear that Israel will not allow Iran to manufacture or deploy missiles in Lebanon; or turn Syria into a military base for the benefit of Iran.

A Russian delegation of security officials led by the head of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, is scheduled to arrive in Israel tomorrow. He said Iran is stockpiling in Lebanon precision missiles against Israel.

Speaking at his weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that during his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Davos Economic Forum last Thursday, they "discussed the need to confront the Iranian aggression in the region and to face all of Iran's attempts to possess nuclear arms through the failed Nuclear deal".

Netanyahu flew to Russian Federation for the day on Monday for his seventh face-to-face meeting with Putin in two years. The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, now taking place in Sochi, was also among the topics discussed, the official said, without providing any details. Here, the Israeli prime minister presented Putin with information on Iran's activities that could directly endanger the Jewish state.

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Putin and Netanyahu also jointly visited Moscow's Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center to see an exhibition about a 1943 uprising at the Nazis' Sobibor camp in occupied Poland.

"A special thank you that you agreed to have the meeting today here, in particular", Putin said according to a Hebrew translation of his statement provided by Netanyahu's office. "But it's a fact that Netanyahu has managed to achieve that, time after time, in these meetings". The prime minister said this is "also our mission today" and the reason he came to Russian Federation: "our common efforts to promote security and stability in our region". Netanyahu and Putin will be participating at the Centre to mark the memory of Holocaust victims and Leningrad's liberation anniversary. Netanyahu said he will pass it on to Yad Vashem.

Putin gave Netanyahu as a gift a letter the German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who save some 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, sent to his wife.

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