Putin rejects Netanyahu’s request to meet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cancel his scheduled trip to attend a Paris conference next week, which marks 100 years since the end of World War I – that after his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had reportedly rejected a request for a meeting on the sidelines of the event. While Russian officials revealed recently that President Putin would hold talks with his American counterpart Donald Trump – including several other leaders; Moscow is not eager to schedule a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

An Israeli source familiar with the details of the matter told TV7 that the Kremlin is angry with Jerusalem about continued Israeli attacks in Syria, even after the deadly incident in which a Russian plane was mistakenly shot-down by a Syrian missile during an Israeli operation. According to the source, who requested to remain anonymous, the ongoing reluctance by Jerusalem to change the presiding coordinated-mechanism between the Russian and Israeli militaries in Syria, has changed Moscow’s public approach toward the Jewish state. Nevertheless, close consultations between Israeli and Russian officials continues.