Russian President Vladimir Putin told the visiting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel’s concerns that Syria would provide advanced weapons to the Lebanese Resistance movement of Hezbollah are exaggerated, considering that the country is fighting for survival.
Netanyahu was in Moscow on Monday to discuss the security situation in the Middle East and clarify Russia’s position.
“Israel and Russia have common goals – to ensure stability in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said, claiming that Damascus and Tehran are working to “create a second terrorist front in the Golan Heights.”
“The Israeli concerns are exaggerated,” Putin assured Netanyahu.
“We have always condemned the rocket attacks on Israel, but as far as I know those rockets are home-made,” Putin said. “As for Syria, we know and understand that the Syrian army and the country in general are not in a condition to open a second front. The Syrians are busy fighting for their own statehood.”
Netanyahu’s visit comes amid media hype over alleged intensification of Russian military support of Damascus. Some reports suggested that Russia delivered military hardware and troops to Syria to prop its government.
Moscow insists that nothing extraordinary is happening compared to the regular supplies of arms that Russia has been doing for years under previous contracts with Syria.