It's come to this: Russia sets up hotline with Israel over Syrian operations
Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more concerned with clashes with Israel over operations in Syria than with clashes with the 98-pound weakling in Washington. Putin has set up a hotline
to coordinate with Israel over Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that its forces in Syria had
set up a “hotline” with the Israeli military to avoid clashes in the sky
over the war-torn country.
“Mutual information-sharing on the actions of
aircraft has been established through a hotline between the Russian
aviation command center at the Hmeimim air base and a command post of
the Israeli Air Force,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted
as saying by Interfax news agency, adding that the two sides were
undergoing training on how to cooperate.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin
announced his army was going to increase its activity in the Syrian
theater, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to meet with
him. During the September 21 meeting, Netanyahu and Putin focused on
coordinating Israeli and Russian operations in Syria’s airspace.
“It could come down to Israel and Russia
agreeing to limit themselves to defined areas of operation in Syria, or
even that they fly at daytime and we fly at night,” a former adviser to
Netanyahu told Reuters at the time.
“What’s important is Putin’s commitment not to
get mixed up in arming Hezbollah, which should help Israel, if it goes
in there, to keep a safe distance from the Russians. It is pretty clear
that Putin is not looking for a fight with Israel,” the former adviser
was quoted as saying.
Several days after that meeting, Defense
Minister Moshe Ya’alon referred to understandings reached in the meeting
between Netanyahu and Putin, saying he did not expect the Russian
campaign in Syria to interfere with Israel’s “freedom to act” in Syrian
Pretty amazing that the announcement came from the Russians, who apparently felt the need to let everyone know that they won't stand in Israel's way. I guess Putin realizes that Netanyahu still has some red paint.
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