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Netanyahu to Meet Putin in Sochi After Phone Discussion on Syria

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Russia tomorrow to meet President Vladimir Putin for discussions that will focus on Syria, the Kremlin said.

The Israeli leader will meet Putin in the Black Sea city of Sochi and return in the afternoon, an Israeli official said today, speaking on condition of anonymity because details of the talks were not officially announced.

The meeting will be “mainly focused on the worsening situation in Syria,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The U.S. has asked Russia not to sell advanced weapons systems to the Syrian government, which has fought rebel groups in a two-year civil war that has left more than 70,000 dead, according to the United Nations. Syria has blamed Israel for bombing military facilities earlier this month near Damascus.

Israel, which declined to comment on the allegation, borders Syria. It captured Syria’s Golan Heights during the 1967 Middle East war.

Russia has vetoed three draft United Nations Security Council resolutions condemning the Syrian government’s crackdown on opponents and threatening to impose economic sanctions.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net; Stepan Kravchenko in Sochi, Russia at skravchenko@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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