Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding his country’s recently expanding role in the internecine warfare in Syria.
Netanyahu’s visit was revealed on Wednesday in an official announcement, which read: “next week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia in order to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the deployment of Russian forces in Syria.”
“The Prime Minister will present the threats on Israel as a result of the increased influx of advanced weaponry to the Syrian theater, and from the flow of lethal weapons to Hezbollah and to other terrorist organizations.”
Russia has been propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as has Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite terror proxy of Iran.
Netanyahu is not the only one worried about Russian military buildup in Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday night made his third phone call to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the last ten days. He reportedly called with the intent of clarifying Moscow’s goal in its military deployment, and warning that continued support for Assad will only prolong the Syrian conflict.
Recent reports indicated that Russia had sent a military advance team to its ally Syria and was taking other steps that Washington fears may signal plans to vastly expand military support for the beleaguered Assad.
New images later came to light which appeared to confirm previous reports of Russian “boots on the ground” in Syria.
Aside from Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama also may meet with Putin in the coming days according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. He said Obama would not rule out a meeting of the two leaders later this month at the United Nations General Assembly.