Telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 2019-01-04 15:00:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the initiative of the Israeli side. Benjamin Netanyahu expressed condolences to the leaders and people of the Russian Federation over the tragic events in Magnitogorsk. The conversation focused on the situation in Syria including the announced intention of the US to withdraw its troops from that country. The need to completely defeat terrorism and to promptly advance towards a political settlement in the SAR was emphasised. In this respect, a mutual commitment on enhancing coordination via military and diplomatic channels was reaffirmed. In addition, some current issues on the bilateral agenda were touched upon. Joint interest was expressed in developing contacts at different levels.