In a phone call, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to coordinate their actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement. They also discussed the Syrian crisis.
“Vladimir Putin stressed that there is no alternative to the launch of intra-Syrian negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations, as well as to the continued and uncompromising fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups acting in Syria,” the Kremlin said.
The conversation between Putin and Netanyahu was also held in the wake of agreements made between Turkey and Israel that could lead to reconciliation between the two countries. While Ankara is warming ties with Jerusalem, its relationship with Moscow remains strained after the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter jet last month, leading to an exchange of accusations between Putin and Turkish President Erdogan.
The phone conversation also comes on the heels of the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Putin’s bitter rival, to Israel. Poroshenko met with both Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. In his meeting with Netanyahu, Poroshenko signed several bilateral cooperation agreements.