Putin, left, and Netanyahu speak after delivering their joint statements following their meeting in Jerusalem, June 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Hollander/Pool
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin on an expanding Russian military deployment in Syria, an Israeli official said Wednesday.Western officials and a Russian source said last week that Russia was sending an advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Syria in support of Assad.Worried about accidentally coming to blows with Russian reinforcements in Syria, Israeli officials said last week they were in contact with Moscow.The Syrian civil war, in which about 250,000 people have died, has caused nearly half of Syria's prewar population of 23 million to flee, with many thousands attempting to reach Europe
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