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Netanyahu Says Meetings With Putin Serve to Promote Security of Israel, Russia

© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the memorial plaque unveiling ceremony during a trilateral heads of state meeting between Cyprus, Greece, and Israel in Thessaloniki, Greece June 15, 2017.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the memorial plaque unveiling ceremony during a trilateral heads of state meeting between Cyprus, Greece, and Israel in Thessaloniki, Greece June 15, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Benjamin Netanyahu said that his meetings with Vladimir Putin had served to promote the security interests of both countries.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin had served to promote the security and other interests of both countries.

"In recent years, I usually meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure, above all, our interests and security on our northern border. I can say that all of the talks I have had with him, up to this day, have served to promote our security and I think the interests of Russia as well, and not just ours," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 20 broadcaster on Saturday.

August 23, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, foreground, left, during a meeting - Sputnik International
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Netanyahu, who met with Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday, explained his decision to hold a "sudden" meeting with the Russian president due to changes in the region.

"In the last few weeks, it [the situation] has changed. There is a significant possibility of international victory over the Daesh [Islamic State terror group banned in Russia] in Syria. It is good. But it is bad that Iran is actively, regularly infiltrating areas which Daesh is leaving," Netanyahu said.

The Israeli prime minister said that Iran was aiming to start a conflict with Israel, which threatened regional and global security. This statement echoed Netanyahu's words at talks with Putin earlier this week where he also said that Tehran was trying to increase its presence in Syria, was effectively in control of Libya and attempted to influence Iraq and Yemen.

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