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Wrapping up a whirlwind visit to Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said he has no reason to believe the Kremlin will attempt to limit Israel’s freedom of operation in the region, an apparent reference to alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria.

After a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu reiterated Jerusalem’s determination to continue to act militarily against Iran’s ongoing entrenchment in Syria.

“I told President Putin that it is our right and indeed our duty to take any steps required for to safeguard our security interests,” the prime minister told reporters on a telephone briefing from Moscow airport, minutes before taking off en route back to Tel Aviv.