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No plans for Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Paris, says Kremlin
The Kremlin spokesman recalled that the agenda includes only one bilateral
meeting with Donald Trump
October 30, 13:24 UTC+3
MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putinís agenda for
his November 11 visit to Paris does not include a bilateral meeting with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the two leaders may hold a
brief conversation during the dayís events, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov
"The Paris visitís agenda includes only one bilateral meeting, which will be
with [US President Donald] Trump," he said, adding that preparations for the
meeting "are underway." "Apart from that, Putin is scheduled to attend
memorial events [marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I
Armistice - TASS], so he will have an opportunity to hold brief
conversations with other participants, including Netanyahu," the Russian
presidential spokesman noted.
"A bilateral meeting [between Putin and Netanyahu] will depend on the
decisions that the [Russian President] and the [Israeli] prime ministers
will make, but the current agenda does not include it," Peskov said.
According to him, "the president will be unable to arrive in France one day
prior [to the celebrations] as he has other plans, and France has prepared a
lot of activities that will take place on the very day [of the memorial
events]." "This is why there is currently no clear understanding in this
regard," the Kremlin spokesman concluded.
On Monday, Israeli media reported that the countryís prime minister intended
to meet with the Russian leader in Paris. Netanyahu said on October 7 that
he had held a telephone conversation with Putin and arranged a meeting with
him, which would be their first one following the downing of Russiaís
Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft crash over the Mediterranean Sea on September 17.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, on September 17, contact was lost
with a Russian Il-20 aircraft flying over the Mediterranean Sea back to the
Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria. The ministry said the aircraft had
disappeared from radar during an airstrike four Israeli F-16 fighter jets
carried out on targets in the Syrian province of Latakia.
The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Il-20 aircraft had been
accidently downed by Syrian air defenses as the Israeli F-16 jets had been
using it as cover.
The Israeli Air Force and those who made the decision to use the Il-20
aircraft as cover are solely to blame for its crash, Russian Defense
Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing.