Netanyahu to Meet Putin Next Week in Snap Moscow Visit

The visit will follow a meeting between the prime minister and Trump on Thursday at Davos

Putin, Netanyahu shake hands after their talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, August 23, 2017.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits Moscow for a snap visit on Monday, Netanyahu's office confirmed Thursday.

The entire visit is scheduled to last only five hours. Joining Netanyahu in the meeting with Putin will be Zeev Elkin, a Ukrainian-born minister in his government in charge of Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection. 

Putin and Netanyahu last met in August. Netanyahu's and Putin are expected to discuss Israel's opposition to any arrangement that would let Iranian forces remain on the ground in Syria once the civil war is officially over there, as weel as the nuclear deal with Iran.

Israel is determined, Netanyahu has made clear in the  past, not to let Syria become a proxy base for Iranian operations against Israel.

Netanyahu is meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the Davos Economic Forum on Thursday. This will be their fourth meeting since Trump took office last year. The two leaders are expected to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the civil war in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.