Israeli, Russian defense ministers to meet in Moscow on Thursday – military

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, in Moscow, Israel’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Reuters reports. Shoigu had issued an invitation to the Israeli defense minister, according to the statement, which provided no details about the nature of the discussions. They come against the backdrop of Israeli calls for an end to any Iranian military presence in Syria. “Our position on Syria is clear,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks on Monday. “We believe that there is no place for any Iranian military presence, anywhere in Syria.”