Netanyahu to Meet Putin’s Special Syria Envoy Visiting Israel

Putin’s Syria envoy and deputy foreign minister hold meetings with Israeli diplomats after weeks of tensions surrounding Syria in the wake of the U.S. decision to pull out of the war-torn country

Jan 28, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet on Tuesday Russia’s special representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, and Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, who arrived in Israel for a diplomatic visit.

The two Russian officials met Monday with senior officials at Israel’s Foreign Ministry and are also slated to hold meetings with officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Defense Ministry on Wednesday.

Their visit comes after weeks of tensions surrounding Syria, which Israel is afraid will pose a security threat now that U.S. troops are expected to leave the war-torn country.