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The two men spoke in advance of a visit to Israel and Turkey this weekend by National Security Advisor John Bolton to discuss the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
Both Trump and Abbas are relying more heavily on Russia to play a larger role in their relations with Israel.
“We will not remain passive,” Netanyahu said, adding that he said this in “a clear and detailed manner” to the Russian president.
Netanyahu said that he will also speak with the Russian president about Iran's ”unending efforts to militarily entrench itself in Syria, something that we are adamantly opposed to and act against.”
By HERB KEINON
The meeting is expected to deal with Iran and its involvement in Syria.
The last time the two leaders met was in August in Sochi.
The Israeli leader is standing up to the Russian president.
Netanyahu and Putin have kept in close contact in recent years, with the Israeli leader visiting Moscow four times in the last 16 months.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman blamed Assad for the chemical attacks in an interview prior to Putin's rebuke.
Both countries understand each other’s redlines and are cooperating on other fronts.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Today, Netanyahu said, Iran – the continuation of ancient Persia – has similar designs: to wipe out the state of the Jews.
Last Sunday, Netanyahu phoned Putin to express condolences over the crash of the Russian military plane that killed 92 people, including 60 members of the Red Army Choir.
Moscow’s imperial resurgence is ready to spend itself, but in 2016 it dominated the int’l system.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
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