Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu 2017-04-06 16:45:00 At Israel’s initiative, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr Netanyahu expressed his profound condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the barbaric terrorist attack in the St Petersburg metro and wished the injured a swift recovery. Both leaders said it is important to intensify the international community’s efforts to fight terrorism. They discussed key aspects of bilateral cooperation in the antiterrorism area and declared their readiness to step up this cooperation in interests of ensuring stability and security in the Middle East, particularly in Syria. Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu exchanged views on the incident involving chemical weapons on April 4 in the Syrian province of Idlib. Mr Putin underscored, in particular, that it is unacceptable to make groundless accusations against any party until a thorough and objective international investigation has been conducted. The two leaders agreed to continue their contacts.