After the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin were concluded in Moscow, a senior Israeli diplomat said that Russia has begun withdrawing Iranian troops in Syria from the Israeli border, the Voice of America reports.
The diplomat said that Netanyahu made an offer to Putin, “We will not take action against the Assad regime, and you clear out the Iranians.”
Israel has stated that it is seeking complete withdrawal of Iranian troops from the territory of Syria and will not allow Iran to maintain a permanent presence in the country.
While Netanyahu was en route to Moscow, Israeli air defense shot down a drone which had entered Israel’s airspace from Syria.
It was the third meeting between Netanyahu and Putin this year. The Israeli Prime Minister emphasized that a friendly relationship with Russia is “very important” for Israel’s national security.