Putin Warns Netanyahu on Syria, No More Strikes: UK Independent

This file handout obtained from the Russian Defense Ministry’s official Facebook page on November 26, 2015 shows Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems at the Hmeimin airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. (Photo by Russia Defense Ministry)
Moscow has reportedly moved to prevent Israeli airstrikes in Syria, with Russian President Vladimir Putin warning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the strikes.

Putin told Netanyahu that allowing Israeli strikes on Syrian military assets would undermine Moscow’s relations with Damascus, the Arabic edition of the UK-based Independent newspaper reported on Friday.

The report comes after Netanyahu met with Putin in the resort city of Sochi on Thursday to discuss “security coordination” in Syria.

According to an unnamed Russian source cited in the report, Moscow has also threatened to use its “fighter jets or the S-400 air defense system” in order to counter any Israeli aircraft striking Syria.

In August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on the strategic Qasioun region near Damascus, where a Syrian S-300 missile battery is said to be placed, according to the report.

Moscow allegedly prevented another airstrike later on a Syrian outpost in the southwestern province of Quneitra and a third in the western coastal province of Latakia.

The report comes as Syria has intercepted several Israeli missile attacks in the past month, casting doubt on the extent of Russian commitment to counter Israeli ambitions.

The Israeli regime has acknowledged repeatedly launching attacks against Syria in recent years, some of which have been carried out from Lebanese airspace.

Such aggressive moves have been viewed by observers as attempts to weaken the Damascus government as it increasingly gains the upper hand fighting terrorist groups which have plagued the country since 2011.

‘A failed meeting’

The Independent report also cited unnamed Israeli sources who described Netanyahu’s meeting with Putin as “a failure”, falling short of reducing any Syria policy disagreements with Moscow.

Israeli sources added that Israel airstrikes on Syria had “embarrassed” the Russians from failing to protect its allies. During the “failed” meeting, Netanyahu had also called for Tel Aviv to be given “freedom of action” against Iran by Russia.

The Israeli prime minister had even sought to use the meeting to “present positive message of the cooperation between the two countries” for his election campaign but failed, the report wrote.

According to the Russian source, Putin’s disagreements with Netanyahu also went as far as Putin condemning Tel Aviv’s recent actions in Lebanon, with the Russian president saying that he “rejects the aggression towards Lebanon’s sovereignty.”

Israel launched a number of drone attacks into Lebanon last month.

Following the drone raids, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary general, vowed in a televised speech that fighters of the movement would counter any further violation of the Lebanese airspace by Israeli drones, warning the Tel Aviv regime to immediately halt such breaches.

Last week, Hezbollah fired two anti-tank guided missiles at a moving Israeli armored vehicle at the Avivim base north of the occupied territories, killing and wounding its occupants.

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  1. Russia media is heavily infused with western influence and serves as a destabilizing force. The days of Netanyahu are coming to an end so too are the greater Israel project. Look at the removal of Bolton as a tipping point of policy towards the Zionist plagues.

  2. Russia will never dare to tell Bibi what to do. Russia is heavily infiltrated by Zionists and many Russians support Israel, just watch their TVs and you will see what is going on. Beside that Russia is spiritually weak, they have not the self confidence like Iran, they h a ve kind of inferiority complex and what to be like west.

    So forget about stopping Israel, this bs we heard many many times.

    • It’s Netanyahu and Trump, whos support will be counted very soon in elections. Half of Israelis, Russian quarterjews speaks Russian as their first language and therefore conditionally align with Russkies, … and maybe with Putin too after inevitable American economy meltdown. And after that, it’s the American spirit being tested, which test Russkies have passed for many times. What do You need a thousands of ammo, when Your potatoes are zero. Putin may be after Jackpot there in mid East.

    • @Cyruss you speak about the government? To some extent you are may be right. But i will sure you – as for Russian people: you will never see such cruel and ruthless people rising against the foe. You must thank God (or whatever there in the skies) that we, Russians, have peace in hearts and minds, differ from the western shysters and war criminals.

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