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Putin, Netanyahu discussed military ties, Middle East

The two held talks in Moscow on February 27

MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed military cooperation issues over the phone, the Kremlin press service reported following telephone conversation initiated by Israel.

"[The parties] discussed pressing bilateral issues, including military contacts, and the situation in the Middle East region," the press service said.

Putin and Netanyahu held talks in Moscow on February 27. The Russian leader said after the negotiations that a working group on Syria involving Russia, Israel and some other countries could deal with the normalization of the situation in the country after terrorism in Syria was fully vanquished.

For his part, the Israeli premier said on March 3 that during the talks the parties reached an agreement on coordinating efforts by their armies and achieving the common goal, specifically, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria that were deployed there after the civil war broke out.