Moscow, July 11: Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold separate meetings with the Israeli prime minister and a senior Iranian official before his summit with US President Donald Trump next week. Also Read - Russia Records 8,217 New COVID Cases, Total Tally Surpasses 4.9 Million

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before boarding a flight to Moscow that he would have a “very important meeting” with Putin today to “discuss Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs.” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also traveled to Moscow today for a meeting with Putin. Also Read - Israel Eliminates Hassan Kaogi, Hamas' Key Intelligence Head As Tension Escalates in Mideast

Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran’s growing military presence in Syria, where it has provided crucial aid to President Bashar Assad’s forces. Russia, another key ally of Assad, has said it is unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. Also Read - Israel-Palestine Conflict: 35 Killed in Gaza, 5 in Israel in Worst Cross-border Violence in Years | Top Developments

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