Israeli president gives credit to Russia's important role in Middle East

Putin announced the withdrawal of Russian group from Syria on March 14

Russia has assumed an important role in the Middle East region and in the settlement of the Syrian conflict, and will continue to play it in the future, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has said.

"Russia has taken up an important role in this region, and in a conflict which will have significant impact on Israel's security - now and moving forward," Rivlin said in a written interview with Interfax ahead of his visit to Moscow.

Israel's president made the statement after being asked whether his country considers the Russian Aerospace Forces' operation in Syria to be successful.

"In Syria, five armies are fighting each other - none of whom are friends of Israel," Rivlin said, adding that "the spread of the Islamic State's terror and hatred has penetrated even our borders."

Rivlin also said that Israel "provides medical care to the many injured who come to our borders, regardless of whether they are civilians or combatants, and regardless from which side."

"This is our humanitarian duty," he added.

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of the withdrawal of the main part of the Russian group from Syria from March 15.

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