Netanyahu Expected to Visit Russia in June

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21. (Reuters/Alexander Nemenov/Pool)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to make an official visit to Russia in June, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Friday.

Israel and Russia have maintained a hotline to help avoid their aircraft accidentally clashing over Syrian territory. This has allowed Israel to continue to carry out covert strikes to foil suspected Hizbullah or Iranian operations against it on Syrian turf without fear of accidentally clashing with Moscow.

Netanyahu traveled to Russia in April and met with Putin to discuss Israel’s demand that Iran and Hizbullah be removed from any future settlement of the civil war in Syria.