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Israel: Netanyahu hopes for more cooperation with Russia ahead of Sochi trip

Israel, Tel Aviv
September 12, 2019 at 13:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked about the goal of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he was boarding his flight to the Russian city of Sochi in Tel Aviv, on Thursday.

"This is a very important trip," he said. "It is important that we continue to maintain freedom of action for the IDF, including in the air force, against Iranian Hezbollah and other terrorist targets. This trip is designed to continue this important cooperation, which prevents collisions between us and the Russian forces," added the Israeli leader.

He stressed that Israel and Russia shared the goal of "the withdrawal of Iran from Syria."

Netanyahu's trip to Sochi comes five days before snap elections on September 17, as he was unable to form a governing coalition following the last general elections in April.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked about the goal of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he was boarding his flight to the Russian city of Sochi in Tel Aviv, on Thursday.

"This is a very important trip," he said. "It is important that we continue to maintain freedom of action for the IDF, including in the air force, against Iranian Hezbollah and other terrorist targets. This trip is designed to continue this important cooperation, which prevents collisions between us and the Russian forces," added the Israeli leader.

He stressed that Israel and Russia shared the goal of "the withdrawal of Iran from Syria."

Netanyahu's trip to Sochi comes five days before snap elections on September 17, as he was unable to form a governing coalition following the last general elections in April.

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SOT, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (Hebrew): "This is a very important trip. At this time, we are operating on several fronts, 360 degrees, in order to ensure the security of Israel in the face of the attempts of Iran and its proxies to attack us, and we are working against them. The Syrian arena is the main one; we hear about it from time to time. It is important that we continue to maintain freedom of action for the IDF, including in the air force, against Iranian Hezbollah and other terrorist targets. This trip is designed to continue this important cooperation, which prevents collisions between us and the Russian forces, and to continue to advance the common goal that we agree on, which was yet to be achieved and which is far from being achieved, and this is the withdrawal of Iran from Syria. This is the objective for which I am traveling." *SUBTITLES AT SOURCE*

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