Putin, Netanyahu express readiness to cooperate on Syria in phone call: Kremlin

Sputnik , Friday 15 Jun 2018

Netanyahu, Putin
File Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L)and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on August 23, 2017 (Sputnik)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed by phone their readiness to step up coordination on Syria, including on anti-terrorism efforts, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.

"The situation in Syria was discussed in the context of joint efforts to ensure security in the Syrian-Israeli border area. Both sides expressed readiness to boost coordination on Syria, including on countering international terrorism," the statement said.

Earlier, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman after meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Israel appreciates Moscow's understanding of its security interests, including those in Syria.

The situation near the northern borders of Israel and southern borders of Syria has been in the spotlight of officials and media outlets since the Syrian army has been planning an offensive to recapture its southern territories from militants.

In May, the Syrian forces reportedly airdropped leaflets demanding local militants in the southern Daraa province to surrender.

Daraa province is part of the ceasefire zone, which had been agreed upon by Jordan, Russia, and the United States in 2017.

Russia has constantly said that only the Syrian government forces should be deployed near the country's southern borders since the agreement to create a ceasefire zone in southwestern Syria required the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces from the area.

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