September 21, 2018

Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit SyriaBy Dan Williams and Gleb Stolyarov JERUSALEM/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said. Netanyahu conveyed the message in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official said, just hours after Israel shot down what it described as a Syrian drone that had penetrated its airspace, underscoring the frontier's volatility.


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