Netanyahu to Tell Putin in Russia: Military Aid to Syria Threatens Israel

Netanyahu traveling to Moscow next week to present the threats against Israel that arise as a result of the increased flow of advanced weapons into the Syrian arena.

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Barak Ravid
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Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a press conference during the 30th EU-Russia summit at EU headquarters in Brussels on December 21, 2012. Human rights, Syria, and trade ties were discussed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a press conference during the 30th EU-Russia summit at EU headquarters in Brussels on December 21, 2012. Human rights, Syria, and trade ties were discussed.Credit: AFP
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow next week to discuss with with Russian President Vladimir Putin the deployment of Russian forces in Syria, the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday.

"The prime minister will present the threats against Israel that arise as a result of the increased flow of advanced weapons into the Syrian arena and the trickle of deadly weapons to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations," the PMO said in a statement.

Russia declined Tuesday to comment on claims by U.S. officials that it has positioned about a half dozen tanks at a Syrian airfield at the center of a military buildup.

One of the U.S. officials said seven Russian T-90 tanks were observed at the airfield near Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The two U.S. officials said Russia had also positioned artillery, which they said appeared to be arrayed defensively to protect Russian personnel stationed there.

The officials said that Russian movement on the ground suggests Moscow wants to create a forward air operating base at an airfield south of Latakia that has been at the center of a recent Russian military buildup in Syria.

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