May 15, 2013
MOSCOW (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to warn Moscow against sending arms
to Syria as alarm grows over the spiralling death toll in the conflict.
concluding remarks following talks at the Russian strongman's Black Sea
residence in Sochi, the two leaders gave little away about their
But Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov
confirmed that Israel had raised the issue and that Russia defended the
"The issue was raised. The Russian Federation
presented its arguments, which are well known," Russia's Interfax news
agency quoted Peskov as saying.
Russia's position "was heard," Peskov added, without providing further details except to say that the meeting went "well".
wants Russia to halt supplies of the formidable S-300 missiles that
would severely complicate any future air attacks against the regime of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Netanyahu himself did not
mention the sensitive weapons issue in public but Putin warned against
any destabilising moves in the Middle East, days after Israeli forces
launched air strikes against regime targets in Syria.