Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. According to Israeli media, his visit was shortened because Netanyahu was required to attend to urgent internal issues in Israel.
At the meeting in the Kremlin, the Israeli Prime Minister said that Israel "is determined to continue attacks against Iran and its attempts to entrench military in Syria." According to Netanyahu, Iran and its allies are the biggest threat to the security of the region.
Netanyahu thanked Russian president for his "friendship and for the direct, frank and real dialogue, which is the base for Israel and Russia relations".
Putin reminded Netanyahu that “Russia participated in the establishment of Israel,” and therefore it is very important to continue bilateral cooperation, including security issues in the Middle East.
Netanyahu visited Moscow for the first time after the incident with the Russian Il-20 military aircraft in Syria in September 2018. As noted on the Kremlin’s website, this was a working visit during which Putin and Netanyahu discussed trade cooperation, economic and humanitarian spheres, aspects of international politics, including the situation in Syria and Palestinian-Israeli settlement.