جمعه ۴ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۷:۱۰
Russian President Vladimir Putin today, 28th April, assured Israel that
Russia's planned sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Syria and supply of nuclear components to Iran does not threaten the Jewish state's security. Putin spoke on the second day of his historic visit to Israel, the first trip ever by a Kremlin leader.
Israel has raised major objections to both programs. Putin, speaking after meeting with Israeli President Moshe Katsav, said that the missiles are designed so that Syria cannot use them to target Israeli territory.
Putin also said that Iran must submit to international monitors' inspection of its nuclear program and that Russia's nuclear help is for peaceful purposes only. He added:
"No one can say that we are acting irresponsibly. On the contrary, we are taking into account our partners' opinions and concerns. And we are not doing anything to upset the balance of forces and interests in the region."
Putin also met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who was born to a Russian-Jewish mother and a German-Jewish father, told Putin in Russian that the Russian president was "among friends" in Israel.
After meeting Sharon, Putin visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial center.
On Friday, Putin is to travel to the West Bank city of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.