Netanyahu May Cancel Trip to Paris after No Meeting with Putin Set

November 8, 2018

by: Itamar Eichner

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Israeli officials suspect Russian president Putin is avoiding Israeli PM Netanhayu.

Thursday, 8 November 2018 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cancel his trip to Paris, where he planned to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin, after the French asked world leaders not to hold meetings on the sidelines of the conference marking 100 years to the end of World War I.

The prime minister is scheduled to leave for France on Saturday to attend the conference, which will host over 100 leaders from around the world.

Netanyahu wanted to meet with Putin on the sidelines of the conference, but such a meeting has yet to be scheduled, despite talks between National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev.

The Russians recently said Putin only had a meeting set with US president Donald Trump and might hold other meetings with other leaders, including Netanyahu.

Officials in Jerusalem got the impression Moscow is trying to stonewall attempts to schedule a meeting as Israel has yet to agree to the Russian demand for a [longer] notice ahead of a possible IAF [Israeli Air Force] strike in Syria. The IDF [Israel Defense Force] is wary of such a move over fears the information about the planned strike could leak to the Iranians and Syrians.

Israeli officials said the prime minister normally has about 10 such sideline meetings at conferences with leaders, and because the French barred such meetings and the busy schedule of the conference won’t allow such meetings anyway, the prime minister’s office is considering cancelling the trip.

Posted on November 8, 2018

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on November 7, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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