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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Official Russian and Israeli reports of Netanyahu-Putin telcom

#1 PM Netanyahu Speaks with Russian President Putin
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Wednesday, 11 April 2018),
spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Prime Minister
reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence
in Syria.

#2 Putin, Netanyahu discuss Syria
http://tass.com/politics/999194

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed the situation in Syria over the
phone. The Russian leader called for refraining from the actions
destabilizing the situation in that country, the Kremlin press service
reported on Wednesday.

"A conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated by the Israeli side has been held.
[The two sides] discussed the Syrian issue, including in light of the recent
missile strikes by the Israeli Air Force on the T-4 airfield in the Homs
province. Vladimir Putin stressed it was fundamentally important to respect
Syria’s sovereignty and urged to refrain from any moves that further
destabilize the situation in that country and pose a threat to its
security," the press service said.

"In light of Holocaust Remembrance Day marked on April 12, the two sides
again stressed that attempts to falsify history and review World War Two
results are inadmissible. In this context, Benjamin Netanyahu drew attention
to the fact that Israel will officially celebrate Victory Day on May 9 this
year for the first time," the Kremlin added.

The press service also noted that the parties agreed to continue contacts.

On April 9, a massive missile strike was carried out on the T-4 military
airfield in Syria’s Homs province. Syria blamed Israel for the attack.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two F-15 aircraft of the Israeli
Air Force that were in the skies over Lebanon fired eight missiles at the
airfield, five of them were destroyed by Syrian air defense units.

The missile strike was carried out shortly after reports of the alleged
chemical attack in the city of Douma surfaced. The Russian Foreign Ministry
labeled these reports as fake news. The ministry stressed that
unsubstantiated allegations about the use of chemical agents by Syrian
government troops are aimed at justifying strikes from the outside. The
Russian Defense Ministry likewise rejected reports about the alleged use of
chemical weapons by the Syrian troops.

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