Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid dangerous escalation following Syria raids

February 11, 2018

Following Israel’s air raids in Syria, Vladimir Putin has urged the Israeli PM to avoid any actions that could further fuel confrontation, while Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Israel’s right to “defend against aggression.”


The Israeli Prime Minister held phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday after an alleged Iranian drone infiltration into the country’s airspace triggered the Israeli Air Force’s biggest retaliatory strikes in Syria in more than 30 years. Amid the cross-border escalation, one of Israel’s F-16 was downed by Syrian air-defense systems.


In a phone call with Netanyahu, Putin urged him to “avoid any steps that could lead to a new round of confrontation dangerous to everyone in the region,” the Kremlin said.


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