Netanyahu to visit Russia for talks on Syrian crisis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia next week to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing conflict in Syria, his office says.

Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday that the Israeli premier will raise the issue of Russia’s arms deliveries to Syria in his upcoming talks with Putin.

On Tuesday, Putin said his country will continue to supply the Syrian government with military assistance.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also stressed that Moscow will push ahead with sending military equipment to the Syrian government as well as the humanitarian assistance Damascus needs for its people.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Photo by AFP)

“There were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use these weaponry,” Lavrov said.

The top Russian diplomat, however, denied speculations by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that Moscow is engaged in a military buildup in the Arab country.

The foreign-backed militancy in Syria erupted in March 2011.

Syrian men walk amid the rubble in the Qadi Askar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, July 5, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Washington and a number of its allies have actively sought the ouster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad through their support for Takfiri terrorist groups committing atrocities in the war-stricken country.

Back in July, Lebanon-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Akhbar also reported that the Tel Aviv regime has been providing recruits as well as military equipment to Takfiri militants operating against the Damascus government.

The conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of about 250,000 people, has caused nearly half of Syria’s prewar population of 23 million to flee, with many thousands attempting to reach Europe.

By Press TV