Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly worried over possible Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
According to the report, the Russian leader acknowledged Monday in remarks made on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that Israel’s security concerns must be taken into account in Syria. However, he expressed concern over the lasting effects on intermittent IDF strikes on the area.
Putin’s comments come after the IDF struck two Syrian military targets Sunday evening following stray rocket fire that spilled over from the fighting in Syria.
Last week, the Russian leader met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow over Israel’s concerns surrounding the instability in Syria. The prime minister stated that Israel will do everything in its power to “to prevent…weapons transfers, and to prevent the creation of a terrorist front and attacks on us from the Golan Heights.”
Over the last several months, Russia has been bolstering the Syrian army, loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, with troops, weapons, fighter jets and tanks. Netanyahu told Putin, “Under these circumstances, I thought it was very important that I come here, also to clarify our policies, and to make sure that there is no misunderstanding between our forces.”
Putin assured Netanyahu that “all of Russia’s actions in the region will always be very responsible.”