09:39 GMT01 March 2021
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    The Israeli prime minister will meet with the Russian president on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia on September 21 and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "A short working visit and talks will Vladimir Putin will take place on Monday," Peskov told RIA Novosti.

    Earlier in the day, the Israeli government said on its website that Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week to discuss the presence of Russian military experts operating in Syria.

    “The prime minister will express his views on the threat to Israel as a result of the deliveries of modern weaponry to Syria due to the possibility they could end up in the hands of Hezbollah or other terrorist organizations,” the statement on the website reads.

    Hezbollah, a paramilitary and political organization with roots in Lebanon's Shiite population, was established in the 1980s, and since that time has engaged in military opposition to Israel's occupation of Lebanon.

    Hezbollah militants have allegedly taken part in Syrian government operations against armed opposition groups, including the Islamic State.

    Russia has been engaged in international efforts to solve the almost-five-year civil war in Syria, as well as providing humanitarian aid in the conflict-torn country and military equipment to support the army in its fight against terrorist groups.


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