Israeli President Rueven Rivlin traveled to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the meeting focused on measures for Israel’s security amidst Russia’s military withdrawal from Syria, specifically Hezbollah on the Syrian border with Israel. According to various, unconfirmed reports, Israel addressed the return of UN peacekeeping forces on the Syrian border with Israel, as requested by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Rivlin stated prior to arriving to Russia that the meeting was “to coordinate with Russia… We want Iran and Hezbollah not to emerge strengthened from this entire process. Everybody understands that the Islamic State is a danger to the entire world, but for us, fundamentalist Iranian Shi’ite Islam is no less of a danger.” Following their meeting Wednesday, which last three hours, Rivlin and Putin gave a short press conference. Details of their discussion were not elaborated in the press conference. READ MORE