Israel urges Putin to prevent biological weapons from reaching Hizbullah

Israeli officials asked visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop Syrian biological and chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Hizbullah this week.

The officials asked Putin to work more actively to preserve stability in Syria.

"Putin said that he is not obligated to Assad, but that Russia and Syria have strategic relations," a diplomatic source said, according to NaharNet.

Putin warned against foreign interference in Syria adding that it was "unacceptable to think of mutual destruction," NaharNet reports.

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Putin said that Russia has been promoting civilized action toward democratic changes without external intervention since the beginning of the Arab Spring.

Israeli president Shimon Peres urged Putin to play a bigger role in dampening what many say are Iran's nuclear arms ambitions.

"I ask as a personal request that you make your voice heard against a nuclear Iran, against genocide," Peres told Putin, according to NaharNet.

There did not appear to have been any agreements reached between the two sides on Iran's nuclear program or Russia's support for the Assad regime.

This is Putin's first visit to the country since 2005.