Russian sources reported Wednesday that no meeting would take place between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Paris next Sunday. Israel tried repeatedly during October to set up a meeting on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders for ceremonies marking the centenary of WWI’s end.
DEBKAfile: On Wednesday, Russian media headlined Israeli minister Ze’ev Elkin’s assertions to their correspondents that Israel will strike back at the Syrian-based S-300 air defense systems if they hit Israeli jets, even if they are manned by Russian teams. He said those systems were a destabilizing factor and Moscow was mistaken in shipping them to Syria. See DEBKAfile report on Elkin’s briefing.