Monday, September 21, 2015

Netanyahu and army chiefs Meeting Putin In Moscow Over Military Ground rules?

Netanyahu and army chiefs Meeting Putin In Moscow Over Military Buildup.(JPost)

IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi will accompany Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a lightning trip to Moscow on Monday, in a clear signal that regional arms transfers and Russia’s troop deployments in Syria will be the main focus of the discussions.

Top IDF generals very rarely accompany the prime minister on his trips abroad, with the premier’s military attaché generally the only uniformed officer who joins these overseas trips.

The seriousness with which Israel is taking the new developments in Syria, and Russia’s growing troop physical involvement there, is reflected in Netanyahu’s decision to bring both Eisenkot and Halevi on the trip.

Netanyahu is also expected to discuss with Putin Russia’s decision to supply Iran with S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.

Moscow has so far refused to provide that system to Syria, heeding Israel’s concern that those missiles could take down aircrafts flying over Israel.

A former strategic adviser to Netanyahu, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Israeli leader hopes to establish some type of "ground rules" with Putin in order to avoid accidental incidents.

The United States has reportedly also held "deconfliction" talks with Russia in recent days.Read the full story here.

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