In a statement released just days after the Israeli Prime Minister’s meeting with Putin in Moscow and Israel’s massive airstrike in Syria, Moscow announced they are not planning any advanced S-300 missiles sales to Syria.
Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.
Putin and Netanyahu in Moscow – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page
The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles. Continue Reading »
After meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, PM Netanyahu informed reporters that there was no reason to think that Russia would limit Israel’s freedom of action when taking the necessary steps to protect itself from aggression.
Israel will not be limited in its military operations in the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at the end of a day during which he spent some 10 hours in Moscow in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While a large part of that time was spent with Putin reviewing a military parade commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany, a number of hours were also spent in meetings – first a private one and then a meeting with larger delegations from both sides. Continue Reading »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Israel’s Prime Minister to attend Victory Day parade celebrating win over Nazi Germany, and then meet in the Kremlin to discuss regional concerns. • This will be their 8th meeting in the past 2 years.
By Itamar Eichner
In addition, Putin invited Netanyahu to participate with the Russian leader in the annual march marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, after which they will convene in the Kremlin.
The meeting was confirmed following a phone conversation between the two this past Monday, in which they had agreed to meet as soon as possible.
In a well recieved interview with a Russian newspaper, Israel’s defense minister explains the ‘special relationship’ and ‘open, transparent discourse’ Jerusalem has with Moscow, articulating why that should lead to consideration of Israeli interests. • Lieberman affirmed Israel’s decision to retaliate forcefully should the Russian S-300 systems in Syria be deployed against Israeli jets.
By Itay Blumenthal
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman lauded in an interview with a Russian newspaper published Thursday the “special relationship” Israel had forged with Russia, adding he expected Russia’s “understanding and support of our vital interests in the Middle East.”
“Our relations with Russia are normal and we take into account its interests. Continue Reading »
Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.
By Nitzan Keidar
Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.
A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »
Israeli intel has yet to detect Iranian activity close to its border since the ceasefire came into effect, however IDF officials, according to the report, believe Iran will gradually establish a presence in the area, with the aim of opening up a 2nd front against Israel in the next conflict with Hezbollah.
Russia rejected an Israeli request to keep Iranian military forces at least 60 kilometers from its border with Syria during negotiations over a July ceasefire in the south of the country, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.
IDF Merkava tank and crew train on the Golan Heights.
PM Netanyahu is to meet Russia’s President Putin in the resort city of Sochi and afterwards with President Trump’s US envoys to discuss Iran, Syria, and how to persuade the Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, to engage in peace talks.
By Nitsan Keidar
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday in the Russian city Sochi, near the Black Sea.
Israel’s PM Netanyahu & Russian President Putin met to discuss cooperation in Syria. – Photo: Israel GPO
“In the past two years Prime Minister Netanyahu has met with Russian President Putin every few months in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues and in order to prevent friction between the Israeli and Russian air forces in Syria, so far successfully,” a spokesman said. Continue Reading »
Former Soviet ‘refusenik’ and Israel’s current Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, will address the upper house of the Russian Parliament, first in Hebrew …and then continue in his mother-tongue Russian, further developing the excellent ties between both countries.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will become the first Israeli official to address the upper house of the Russian Parliament this week, a historic first holding even greater significance as he was a Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union.
“This is a special trip, and there is great excitement about it,” Edelstein said Monday. “The goal is to further develop the excellent ties between our countries, especially the connections between the Knesset and the Russian Parliament. Continue Reading »
In a new strategy that may end Syrian unrest, senior Russian parliamentarians meet with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members in Jerusalem, seeking closer cooperation based on Israeli influence inside Syria.
Russia wants to increase cooperation with Israel regarding Syria, and would like Jerusalem to use any influence it has to get opposition groups there to lay down arms and enter negotiations, Konstantin Kosachev, a senior Russian parliamentarian, told The Jerusalem Post.
Viktor Ozerov – Photo (L): Profimedia and Konstantin Kosachev – Photo (R): Medija centar Beograd
Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, was in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, for meetings with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Continue Reading »
IDF delegations in the fields of military medicine and logistics will be sent to Russia to compete against the military forces of 27 other countries in the annual International Army Games.
For the first time, the IDF has been invited to participate in the International Army Games against 27 other countries, including the Syrian Army.In the past three years, the Russians have been conducting an annual “military Olympics” in which various armies from the world compete in professional fields such as armor, paratroopers, military police, medicine, and more. The 2017 games will also include drone usage for the first time. Continue Reading »
While the US already has two plots of land in Jerusalem, the Russians have a substantial amount of property in Jerusalem’s Russian Compound that could easily house a new embassy, and probably considered that when they made their historic change in policy.
Last week witnessed two threshold events that signaled a profound change in the Middle East: the Trump administration’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation for Assad’s latest nerve gas attack on civilians, and Russia’s surprise recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Both dramatic events took the world by surprise, representing nearly simultaneous reversals of the internationally accepted status quo. Continue Reading »
In a statement on Russia’s official Foreign Ministry website, the Kremlin adjusted its previous policy that Jerusalem should be under control of a permanent int’l authority, to being the Capital of the State of Israel.
The Kremlin on Thursday declared that it views West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a statement on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official website, making Russia one of the first countries to recognize any part of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is located in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish State. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state,” read the statement. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Russia’s position on the matter has not changed.” The agreement between Jerusalem and Moscow continues to allow the Israel Air Force to carry out defensive actions against terrorist targets in Syria.
By Shlomo Cesana, Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s alleged airstrike that took place in the Damascus area on Friday prompted a Russian official to admit that ‘Israel is naturally fighting organizations jeopardizing its security.’ In other words, even Moscow understands that Jerusalem will not allow weapons in Syria to be used against the Jewish State.
By Alex Fishman
In recent weeks, Israel has been intensifying its dialogue with the Russians, both on the diplomatic level and on the practical level, on Syrian soil. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often talks to Russian President Putin, but at the same time Israel was accused over the weekend of striking near the Mezzeh Military Airport in the Damascus area. Continue Reading »
US demands clarification as to whether the drone used by Israeli researchers, that Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel gave Russian PM Medvedev as a present, contained American technology.
By Itamar Eichner
An American official from the US Embassy in Israel has commented for the first time since Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel gave Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev a drone as a gift worth 200,000 shekels which was being used by researchers at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.
“The US demands information from the Israeli authorities in order to determine whether there was American technology in the drone,” the official said days after Uriel’s humiliating and potentially consequential blunder. Continue Reading »
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