Netanyahu meeting with Putin focused on expanding military coordination

Netanyahu and Putin meet in Paris, agree to expand and continue military coordination; Putin “satisfied with our bilateral relations”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris Monday, their meeting focused on military cooperation. The two leaders met in Moscow in September where they agreed to cooperate and communicate on Russian military action in the region.

Putin stated success in military coordination from the “very dramatic developments” in the region discussed between the two leaders since the last time they met. He spoke of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Hanuka, stating “it’s a bright holiday which symbolizes the triumph of light over dark and I really hope that international affairs will have it this way as well” adding, “We are satisfied with our bilateral relations and let me note that the mechanism proposed by you [Netanyahu] has been efficient.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke of the “events of recent days prove the importance of our coordination, our de-confliction mechanisms, our attempts to cooperate with each other to prevent unnecessary accidents and tragedies, and I believe that we’ve been successful,” adding, “I think we are engaged in a big battle against militant Islam, the terrorism it spews forward, the savagery, the barbarism. And this is another point of contact in addition to many others that we’re engaged in. I hope that Israel and Russia can see eye to eye on all the strategic matters, but I want to assure you that we believe that it’s within our powers to have very good coordination on the ground and in the air so that we do not create the kind of problems that we’ve been experiencing.”

Following his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu stated to the press “I told Putin that we will continue to look out for our interests against any sign of aggressions and I think he understands and accepts that… The feeling was one of a desire to prevent escalations, but also of respect towards Israel’s security needs. There is ongoing and continuous military coordination between us. We do not accept or owe Russia limitations on our freedom to act.”