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Israel, Russia: Netanyahu, Putin Agree on Increased Dialogue on Syria, Russian Officials Say

1 MIN READSep 13, 2019 | 16:56 GMT

What Happened: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to increase their dialogue over Syria during a Sept. 12 meeting in Sochi, according to Russian officials, Reuters reported. After the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of security coordination in the wake of Iranian attempts to target Israel from within Syria.

Why It Matters: Putin's meeting with Netanyahu comes just before Putin's trip to Turkey, where he will sit down with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Israel has been increasing its strikes against Iranian-linked targets in Syria, which reportedly came with Moscow's tacit approval, according to diplomatic sources.

Background: Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders first met in Sochi in November 2017; they have since met in April 2018, September 2018 and February 2019.

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