Putin tells Netanyahu to tread lightly in Syria

Apr 13, 2018, 02:37
Putin tells Netanyahu to tread lightly in Syria

Shortly before his speech at Yad Vashem, Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Syria situation in the wake of the attack. Moscow urged Israel to avoid carrying out any action that would "further destabilize the situation".

According to a statement from the Prime Minister's office regarding the phone call, Mr. Netanyahu took the opportunity to reiterate this point to President Putin.

Netanyahu also ripped into the landmark nuclear accord reached between Teheran and world powers and said: "I have a message for the leaders of Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve". A Kremlin readout said that Putin had "stressed the fundamental importance of respecting the sovereignty of Syria and called for refraining from any actions that might further destabilize the situation in the country and pose a threat to its security".

Netanyahu told Putin that Israel would press a campaign to prevent Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, his office said. "In this context, Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that Israel will officially celebrate Victory Day on May 9 this year for the first time".

Syria's T-4 military airbase, in the central province of Homs, was hit by an air strike on Monday.

Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government, alongside Russian Federation.

Israel has become increasingly alarmed at the growing influence of Iran and Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, particularly in Syria.

The Iranian supreme leader's most senior adviser on foreign affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, told al-Mayadeen television that "the crime by Israel in their attack against a Syrian air base will not be left without a response".

Russian Federation is the biggest ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime and warned against strikes, notably by the United States in reprisal for an alleged chemical attack against rebel-held Douma that has sparked global outrage and "could destabilise the already fragile situation in the region", the Kremlin said yesterday.