Lidia Averbukh, Margarete Klein

Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict

Political Interests Overshadow Social and Economic Ties

SWP Comment 2018/C 37, September 2018, 8 Pages

Recent months have witnessed a warming of relations between Russia and Israel. One indicator of the trend is the frequency of high-level meetings, culminating in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s participation – as the only Western state guest – in the military parade on Red square on 9 May. Alongside existing social ties and economic cooper¬ation, the prospect of a recalibration of Russian policy in Syria to take greater account of Israeli security interests has been another important driver. Nevertheless, the Russian-Israeli relationship remains constrained and volatile. For Moscow it is just one element of a multivectoral Middle East policy.

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