Putin in a conversation with Netanyahu spoke in favour of avoiding a new round of confrontation in Syria


MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS./ Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by telephone with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli air force, who inflicted missile strikes on targets in Syria. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin on Saturday.

“The Russian side expressed the hope to avoid any steps that could lead to a new round threat for all of the confrontation in the region”, – said the press service.

According to the press service, Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister during the conversation with Putin agreed to continue coordination between the military of the two countries. “I spoke recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We agreed that security coordination between the two armies will continue”, – are reported words of Netanyahu.

A telephone conversation the two leaders took place against the background of a sharp aggravation of the situation on the Israeli-Syrian border on Saturday, when Israel shot down an Iranian drone crashed F-16 aircraft of the Israeli air force. “I said in a conversation with him [Putin] our [Israel’s] right and duty to defend itself from attacks from Syrian territory,” said Netanyahu.

Earlier Saturday, as claimed by Israeli military, the Israeli helicopter was shot down over the Golan heights, the Iranian drone that intruded into the country’s airspace from Syria. In response, the aircraft of the Israel defense forces attacked Iranian targets in Syria and killed an Iranian point of control of the UAV. Following this, Israeli F-16 fighter jet of the Syrian air defense was running a few anti-aircraft missiles, the pilots of one aircraft left the aircraft in accordance with the procedure, one of them was seriously injured, the second received minor injuries. Then Israeli aircraft bombed 12 positions in Syria, including the Syrian eight, including three batteries of air defense and bombed four Iranian military targets, said the press service of the army of the Jewish state.

In order to protect the military forces of the two States from accidental collisions during the operations on the Syrian territory, in the fall of 2015 Israel and Russia have established an exchange of information. To do this, the staff of Israel established a special focal point.

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