Israel seeks to avoid clashes with Russia in Mideast: Netanyahu

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‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to avoid potential clashes with Russian forces in the Middle East amid reports that Russia may be considering boots on the ground in Syria.

In a Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Netanyahu said his talks with the Russian leader were aimed at preventing clashes between Israeli and Russian military forces in Syria, where Moscow may deploy troops in case of a request by the Syrian government. Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations that it has troops in Syria.

“I am here because of the complicated security situation, it is becoming more and more complicated,” Netanyahu said during the meeting.’

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