PM Netanyahu to Meet with Russian President Putin in Moscow Tomorrow
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tomorrow morning (Thursday, 9 March 2017), will fly to Moscow for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting has two main goals: To continue the ongoing link between Israel and Russia in order to prevent friction in Syria. The Prime Minister will express Israel's strong opposition to the presence of Iranian forces, and those of its proxies, on our northern border and in the Mediterranean Sea in the context of the talks on a settlement of any kind. The Prime Minister also intends to reiterate to President Putin the fact that the Golan Heights is not part of the discussion on any outline.
Prime Minister Netanyahu will be accompanied by Minister Zeev Elkin, Acting National Security Advisor and Head of the National Security Council Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Jacob Nagel, the head of his, staff Yoav Horowitz, GOC Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevy and his Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. Eliezer Toledano.
The Prime Minister is due to take off at 08:15 (Israel time), meet with Russian President Putin at 14:00 (Moscow time; 13:00 Israel time) and return to Israel in the evening.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"This is a very important meeting for the security of Israel. Victory over the terrorism of Daesh cannot lead to an upsurge in terrorism by Iran and its proxies. We will not exchange terrorism for terrorism."