Netanyahu, Putin to Meet Next Week Amid Syria Tensions and Ahead of Iran Deadline

The two leaders earlier this week agreed to meet as soon as possible, amid the tension in Syria and Netanyahu's revelations on Iran's nuclear program

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 23, 2017.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on May 9. The leaders are expected to discuss recent developments in Syria and Iran.

Putin invited Netanyahu to take part in the annual Victory Day march, which celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany. The two are to meet following the march at the Kremlin.

Netanyahu will head to Moscow directly from a trilateral summit with Greece in Cyprus.

Netanyahu and Putin had a telephone conversation on Monday, when they discussed Syria and agreed to meet as soon as possible. Later that day, Netanyahu gave a dramatic press conference in which he unveiled a trove of documents and files that he said proved that Iran, a strategic ally of Russia, lied about its nuclear program before signing the deal meant to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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Intelligence operatives from the United Kingdom, France and Germany arrived in Israel over the past few days to examine the materials presented by Netanyahu.

Earlier Saturday, Netanyahu spoke with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May about regional issues and the Iranian intelligence materials.

The planned meeting next week is set to occur days before U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether he will recertify the Iran nuclear deal. He has declared that he will withdraw unless there are changes, such as limitations on Iran's ballistic missile program.

Netanyahu and Putin last met in January, also in Moscow.