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Putin met with Israel's PM on Wednesday and Iran Supreme Leader's aide on Thursday

posted onJuly 12, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Foreign Policy Adviser Ali Akbar Velayati on Thursday in Moscow TASS news agency reported. 

The meeting also involved Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while the Iranian delegation also included head of the Supreme Leader’s board of advisers Ali Asghar Fathi Sarbangoli and Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai.

Velayati hailed Iran’s ties with Russia on Wednesday as “strategic” and said he would deliver messages to Putin from Khamenei and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

On Wednesday, Putin held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who described them as highly important. This is the third meeting between the two leaders in the last six months. 

At the beginning of the meeting, Netanyahu said that every visit in Moscow "is an opportunity for us to act together and try to stabilize the situation in our region and increase security." 

The Russian leader told Netanyahu that the economic and military relations between Israel and Russia are developing “rather positively”.

"It concerns our cooperation not just in the sphere of economy, but in the political area as well. Relations between the defense departments are at a high level as well," the Russian president went on. "This also concerns the humanitarian sphere."

Netanyahu later wrote on his Facebook account: 

"It was a very important meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I stressed Israel’s clear position: we are against any presence of Iran in Israel." 

The Iranian presence in Syria is an issue that is expected to top the agenda of the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit in Helsinki. The Kremlin press service said earlier that Putin and the U.S. President Donald Trump would hold talks on July 16.

As many as 1,436 journalists from 61 countries have applied for accreditation to cover the summit Finnish news agency STT said on Wednesday.

With reporting by TASS, Reuters. 

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