Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would continue to “act against” the Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria.
According to a statement released by Netanyahu’s office, the Israeli prime minister “spoke with President Putin by telephone to discuss regional developments and the situation in Syria”.
During the phone conversation, Netanyahu reportedly told Putin that Israel would “continue to act against the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria”.
Israel frequently accuses Tehran of exploiting the ongoing conflict in Syria -- where Iran supports the ruling Assad regime -- to establish a permanent military presence near Israel’s border.
While Russia also supports the Syrian regime, it remains in close communication with Israeli military officials in order to avert potential clashes.