Israel seeks Russian support against Iran
The Israeli Prime Minister, Netaniyahu, made an impromptu visit to Sochi for three-hour long talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, BBC reports.
As Netaniyahu wrote on his FB account before departing for Sochi, his mission was to persuade the Russian leadership that Iranian policies in Syria pose a threat to peace in the Middle East and worldwide.
Israel is doing their best to amend the potential US-Russia deal on Syria, which is why the visit to Sochi was so urgent, military experts believe.
The Israeli government openly disagrees with some provisions of the document for not taking into consideration Israel’s interests in the region.
For instance, thousands of Iranian military personnel are allowed to remain in Syria after the military actions are over. The Israeli government considers this a direct threat, capable of destabilizing the situation at the Golan Heights.
“Mossad chief Iosi Cohen, chairman of the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabat and other high-ranking military officials coming to Sochi with Netaniyahu, are witnesses to the seriousness of the Israeli intentions,” says former Israeli ambassador to Russia, TsviMagen.
The Russian side did not comment on the talks in Sochi.