Russian buildup in Syria no threat to Israel, Putin tells Netanyahu

September 21, 2015 9:39 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin tried Monday to calm Israeli fears that the Kremlin's military buildup in Syria could expose Israel to more hostility, assuring visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Syrian government has its hands full fighting its civil war.

"We know that the Syrian army and Syria as a whole are in such a state that they have no time for a second front. They need to save their own state," Putin told Netanyahu at the start of their meeting as television cameras rolled. "But still, I understand your concerns."

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