Rivlin lobbies Putin for help in redeploying UN peacekeepers on Golan

By REUTERS
March 17, 2016 01:07

 
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Russian President Vladimir Putin told visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday he had agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon to discuss the security situation in the Middle East.

The two leaders met in Moscow and an Israeli official, who declined to be named, said Rivlin had "asked that Russia work to restore UNDOF as part of any long-term arrangement in Syria," referring to a United Nations peacekeeping force.

Personnel from UNDOF, which monitors the Israeli-Syrian frontier on the Golan Heights, have come under fire and even been kidnapped by militants fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, prompting peacekeeping contingents from some participating nations to withdraw from the force.

The official said Rivlin had also reiterated Israel's position that "it will not allow Iran or Hezbollah guerrillas to entrench on the Golan," a veiled threat to take action in the Syrian interior to thwart such a scenario.

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