Israel PM Netanyahu to visit Russia's Putin on Tuesday for Syria talks

JERUSALEM Tue May 14, 2013 1:38pm BST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 13, 2013.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Russia on Tuesday for talks about the Syria crisis, Israeli officials said.

Netanyahu would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi and return to Israel by evening, the beginning of a major Jewish festival, they said.

Israel is concerned that Russia plans to sell Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an advanced air defence system that could complicate any foreign intervention in the more than two-year-old insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.

Russia said on Friday it had no new plans to sell an advanced air defence system to the Assad government but left open the possibility it could deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems under an existing contract.

(Writing by Dan Williams and Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Hezbollah gets hold of that system, (and/or other ‘advanced’ weaponry) and expect very large detonations to follow.(upon that ground)

Thats an over the red-line and into the red-sector.

May 14, 2013 10:36am BST  --  Report as abuse
No_Nitwityahoo wrote:
An advanced air defence system means that Israel would have to think twice before bombing its neighbour.

Nitwityahoo is effectively going to see Putin to complain about not being able to safely bomb Syria if defensive equipment is sold to them.

The chutzpah is breath taking.

May 14, 2013 1:33pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Wvandamme wrote:
After the US and the UK it is now the turn of the boss to try to press and dictate the Russians on Syria. Obviously, there are problems for Israel in dictating events in Syria and the wider Middle East.

May 14, 2013 4:41pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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