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Israel won’t allow Iran to gain foothold in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin

November 22, 12:01 UTC+3 TEL AVIV

The Kremlin’s press service said on Tuesday Putin and Netanyahu discussed what the future may hold for the Middle East

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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TEL AVIV, November 22. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin during their phone conversation on Tuesday that Israel wouldn’t accept Iran’s attempts to gain a foothold in Syria, his press secretary said.

"A conversation took place and it lasted for around half an hour. They discussed Syria and also Iran’s attempts to consolidate on Syrian soil," Anna Jonathan-Leus said. "The prime minister maintained his position on Israel’s security and the non-acceptance of the Iranian forces’ consolidation in Syria."

The Kremlin’s press service said on Tuesday Putin and Netanyahu discussed what the future may hold for the Middle East region, first of all in the context of the war on terror’s final stage in Syria. They also hashed over practical issues linked to the situation in the southern de-escalation zone in Syria. The sides expressed interest in bolstering mutually advantageous cooperation in different areas, including contacts between intelligence agencies.

The phone conversation was held at the initiative of Israel, the Kremlin press service said.

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