Moscow official quoted saying that in exchange for halting missile sale, Putin asked Netanyahu to refrain from further attacks on Syria, The Sunday Times reports
Despite recent official statements, Russia will not complete a deal to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, a senior Russian official told The Sunday Times.more here at the timesofisrael
According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin agreed earlier this month that Russia would not sell advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, and in return Israel would refrain from striking targets in Syria.
Israel was concerned that the missiles would fall into the hands of rebel groups hostile to it, the report said, and was able to persuade Putin that of the risk such a deal posed a threat to regional stability.
“We are very much concerned about this; the large Russian community in Israel is a major factor in our attitude to Israel, and we will not let this happen,” the Times quoted the Russian official as saying.
Two weeks ago, Netanyahu met with Putin in the Black Sea resort town of Suchi to discuss the crisis in Syria and the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu, accompanied by his national security adviser Ya'akov Amidror and Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, asked Putin not to supply S-300 missile systems to Syria.