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Netanyahu, Meets Putin In Moscow Over Military Buildup

September 21, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel and Russia 'agreed on a mechanism" to prevent "misunderstandings" between the two countries' military forces in Syria.

Netanyahu made the comments to reporters on September 21 after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin outside Moscow.

There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin.

In earlier remarks as he welcomed Netanyahu, Putin said Russian actions in the Middle East would always be 'responsible.'

Netanyahu was accompanied by his army and intelligence chiefs, underlining the importance of the visit.

Israel is reportedly concerned that Russian involvement in the fighting between Islamic rebel groups and Syrian forces could result in fire accidentally being exchanged with Russian forces.

Israel has carried out raids against militants in southern Syria and wants to ensure Lebanon's Hizballah Islamist group is not armed as Russia arms Syria.

A former strategic adviser to Netanyahu, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Israeli leader hopes to establish some type of 'ground rules' with Putin in order to avoid accidental incidents.

The United States has reportedly also held 'deconfliction' talks with Russia in recent days.

Based on reporting by Reuters and jpost.com

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/netanyahu-putin-meeting-in-moscow/27260002.html

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