TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he made it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would operate freely in the region in order to protect itself, a veiled reference to alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria. “I told President Putin that it is our right and indeed our duty to take any steps required to safeguard our security interests,” the prime minister told reporters before leaving Moscow after a two day visit.Netanyahu did not expound on the ten hours of meetings he held with Putin, saying only that they were “thorough and effective.” In an unusual move last month, Putin called for the Israeli air force to stop infiltrating Syrian airspace following an airstrike on an Iranian target attributed to Israel.This time, however, Netanyahu said he has “no basis for thinking” that Putin would try and prevent Israel from doing what it needed to do to protect itself. “I said that we will always maintain our right and our duty to take all actions required to defend ourselves against Iranian aggression. I think this message was transmitted in a very deep, thorough and serious manner,” he said. Netanyahu also briefed the Russian president on Israel’s daring operation… Read full this story
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