Benjamin Netanyahu's (left) meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to fly to Moscow today for a much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Israeli leader’s office said on Tuesday.

The statement from Netanyahu’s office did not expand on topics to be discussion.

The meeting between the two leaders takes place just days before elections in Israel next week.

Netanyahu told reporters he and Putin had spoken by telephone about Syria.

Israel is concerned Assad’s Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements are setting up bases to attack the State of Israel, which had necessitated IAF strikes.

It has not gone unnoticed that the meeting could aid Netanyahu in the upcoming elections, stressing his security experience against former military chief Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu and Putin last met at the Kremlin following last September’s incident when Syria accidentally struck a Russian plane during an Israeli assault.

Both sides eventually settled the incident.

The latest meeting is certain to be scrutinised closely back in Israel as the political climate in the region continues to be tense.