Netanyahu heads to Russia

PM Netanyahu leaves Israel for Sochi, for sixth meeting between himself and Russia's President Putin.

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Russian President Putin welcomes Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu at Kremlin
Russian President Putin welcomes Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu at Kremlin
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will fly to Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday morning to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders will discuss regional issues, especially Iran's growing influence in Syria.

This will be their sixth meeting since September 2015. One of their meetings was held in Paris.

Joining Netanyahu are Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud), Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council Chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, Netanyahu's Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz, Military Secretary Eliezer Toledano, and political adviser Yonatan Shechter. After Netanyahu and Putin meet one-on-one, a larger meeting including Netanyahu's companions and Israeli Ambassador to Russia Guy Koren will be held.

Prior to his departure, Netanyahu held a number of security meetings in order to receive a complete and accurate picture of the situation and how Iran is infiltrating into Syria and filling the gaps ISIS leaves behind.

On Tuesday night, Netanyahu published a video in which he said, "Tomorrow I will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin... I will discuss with him about Iran's accelerated attempt to establish a military presence in Syria."

"This attests, of course, to Iran's aggression, which has not lessened in the wake of the nuclear agreement. This also presents a problem not only to Israel, but rather to all the nations of the Middle East and the entire world."

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) will act as Prime Minister during Netanyahu's absence.