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Tel Aviv – Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to coordinate with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and amend their military coordination in Syria.

Political sources in Tel Aviv announced that the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Israel on November 10. Medvedev’s visit will focus on bolstering bilateral economic cooperation.

Political sources hinted that the aim of the visit is to address Israel’s concerns and strengthen relations.

Russian embassy in Tel Aviv issued a statement saying that the talks will begin next month to establish a free-trade zone between Israel and the Euro-Asian economic group.

The embassy statement noted that diplomatic dialogue between the two countries had intensified this year, as reflected in a series of meetings between senior officials, President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to Moscow, two visits to Moscow by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and five telephone conversations between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Over the years, our two countries and our two peoples have managed to end the regrettable period of mutual distance and become real partners who understand and know how to respect each other’s interests,” the statement said.

Earlier, Israel expressed its concerns of the entrance of developed Russian missiles to the Syrian territories. Tel Aviv warned that if Russia didn’t use those missiles against Israel, no one can guarantee that it won’t reach the wrong group or the regimeو thus leading to a dangerous war development.

Netanyahu discussed this matter with Putin and called for modifying the military agreement. Russian President promised to respond to the concerns.

It is known that Israel sends its airplanes to Syria for espionage purposes and to prevent any Syrian or Iranian weapons transportation to the so-called Hezbollah.

When Russia was involved in the Syrian war, Moscow and Tel Aviv rushed to sign an agreement to coordinate the relations.