Putin tells Netanyahu military cooperation in Syria must improve

Orient Net 2018-12-09 08:37:00

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the two countries must improve their military cooperation in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday.

Putin emphasized the importance of upcoming consultations between defense experts from the two countries during the conversation, which was held at the initiative of Netanyahu, the Kremlin said.

Ties between the two countries have been strained since Russia’s delivery of the the S-300 missile defense system to the Assad regime following the September 17 downing of a Russian spy aircraft by Assad militia.

Russia has blamed Israel for the incident, which killed 15 Russian crew members. Israel has emphatically denied responsibility.