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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin: Israel Has the Right to Security

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Israel had the right to security and condemned terrorism, but stressed that a broad settlement of the Middle East conflict was needed to avoid the kind of warfare that has erupted in Lebanon.

"You are aware of our position, which is that not a single issue, however complicated it is, should be resolved through terrorist measures," Putin said at a meeting with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal. "The Israeli state has the right to and must live in conditions of security. However, the lack of a settlement of the main issues in the Middle East, of course, again and again gives birth to problems [like those] that we are encountering today."

Earlier Tuesday, Putin said the Lebanon crisis showed the need for increasing the effectiveness of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, diplomats said Tuesday that Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov had asked Syria not to use Russian missiles to retaliate if attacked by Israel.

Saltanov delivered the message to senior Syrian officials in Damascus last week, as the risk of Israel's Lebanese offensive expanding into a regional war rose.

(AP, Reuters)