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Israel tells Russia, Iran’s rising threat intolerable; will intensify action to counter it

Sochi: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu announced, “Since the past month, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Iranian attempts to attack Israel. This is an intolerable threat, from our perspective, and we are acting against it and will intensify the action soon.” Netanyahu issued the threat during his meeting with the Russian President and asserted that the strikes on Iran and its proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza or any other corner of the world would continue.

The Iranian Prime Minister has met with the Russian President with less than a week to go for the Israeli elections. Netanyahu firmly stated that Israel would not change its current position to curb the rising Iranian military aggression in Syria and the neighbouring states. Also, he stressed on the fact that the friendly ties shared between Israel and Russia played a critical role in the matter.

“The cooperation between Israel and Russia as also the direct ties between Putin and me, have helped to deepen the relations between the two nations. It has enabled averting any friction between the two militaries despite Iran’s rising threat in Syria. The relations have contributed towards the stability and security of the region. Security coordination between us is always important, but it is especially important now since in the past month there has been a serious increase in attempts by Iran to hit Israel from Syria and to place their precision missiles to use against us,” Netanyahu said.

 “Iran has supplied advanced missiles to its Syrian proxies for hitting Israel. However, we will never tolerate the aggression that challenges Israel’s security from Syrian and Iran-backed militia. The IDF is operating on several fronts, 360 degrees, to alleviate Iran’s threat and henceforth will only intensify the action”, announced Netanyahu.

The Russian President has not responded to Netanyahu’s statements although he hopes the Russia-Israel ties remain unaffected. “Israel will have to brace for challenges soon during its historic elections. Currently, 1.5 million Russian immigrants from the former Soviet republics live in Israel, and we still consider them our people. Russia cares a lot about who will be elected to the Knesset, and I hope that whoever enters the Knesset will continue bilateral ties between the countries and will push out relationship forward,” Putin said.

Before commencing talks with President Putin, Netanyahu also met the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and discussed Iran for nearly three hours. Also, the senior leaders from both nations were present for the talks. As the discussions extended beyond the predefined duration, Netanyahu’s talks with Putin were pushed forward by half an hour. After that, the Israeli Prime Minister and the Russian President convened talks which lasted for an hour and a half.

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