Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: This time PM Netanyahu mentioned plans to have a
meeting and the Russians did not come out with a similar announcement.
Instead TASS only covered Netanyahu's remark yesterday with no follow up.
Today we have this somewhat unusual remark from Mr. Putin's spokesman.
Kremlin does not rule out new Putin-Netanyahu contacts
Russian Politics & Diplomacy
October 08, 14:27 UTC+3
MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. Work is in progress on new contacts between
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, but it is too early to talk about specific dates yet, Russian
Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"As for Netanyahu, we do not rule out that such contacts (with Putin) can
take place, but there are no specific dates yet," he said.
On Sunday, the Israeli prime minister said at a weekly meeting of his
Cabinet that during the recent telephone conversation with the Russian
leader they agreed to meet soon "to continue important coordination" between
the two countries’ armed forces. That will be the first meeting between
Putin and Netanyahu after the Il-20 plane crash.
Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was downed over the
Mediterranean on September 17 when it was flying back to the Russian airbase
at Syria’s Hmeymim. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the plane was
shot down by a missile from a Syrian S-200 air defense system when it was
firing at four Israeli F-16 aircraft attacking targets in the Latakia
governorate. The Israeli pilots actually hid behind the Russian plane
exposing it to Syrian missiles, the ministry stressed.