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Israel reached ‘good, stable’ understanding with Russia on Syria

JERUSALEM

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday he reached a “good and stable” perception with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria.

“I found President Putin attentive to Israel’s safety needs,” Bennett said in statements cited by the official KAN channel during a cupboard meeting.

“In some senses, the Russians are our neighbors and it is important that we manage the subtle situation in (Syria) easily and with no mishaps,” Bennett said.

Bennett additionally said he discussed with Putin the problem of the Iranian nuclear program.

According to Haaretz newspaper, the Bennett-Putin meeting addressed Iran’s positioning in Syria and Israel’s possible efforts to maintain such positioning away from Israel’s borders.

Bennett had his first meeting with Putin as Israeli premier on Friday in the Russian town of Sochi.

Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who accompanied Bennett during his visit to Russia, previously said that each leader reached an agreement on preserving the equal Israeli-Russian policy in Syria.

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