Putin Urges Israel not to Take Action in Syria

An Israeli diplomatic official asserted Thursday that it is Iran that is destabilizing Syria, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid any steps that could increase instability there.

Israel has not acknowledged responsibility for the air attack, which killed 14 people, including a number of Iranian troops based in Syria.

Netanyahu told Putin that Israel would press a campaign to prevent Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, his office said.

In a phone call on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the current situation in Syria. Any attempt by Iran to install its military in Syria is considered an unassailable red-line for the Jewish State.

"The Syrian issue was discussed, including the recent missile strikes on the T-4 airfield in Homs by the Israeli Air Force", the report said.

According to the Kremlin, Putin called for abstention from any actions which could "destabilize the situation in Syria and threaten [the country's security]".

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While Russia, Iran and Syria have accused Israel of carrying out the pre-dawn attack, Tel Aviv has refused to comment.

Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government, alongside Russian Federation.

In his speech, Netanyahu criticised the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and warned Iranian leaders not to "test Israel's resolve".

Syria and its top allies Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind the air strike, which Tel Aviv has neither confirmed nor denied.

Netanyahu and President Donald Trump reportedly also had a tense exchange last week regarding Syria after Trump pledged to wind down US involvement in the country.

  • Megan Austin