Netanyahu arrives in Moscow to meet Putin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Moscow today.
At their meeting in the Kremlin, Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for a quick decision on pardoning Israeli national Naama Issachar, who was sentenced in Russia. Putin, in turn, expressed warm wishes for Naama Issachar and her family.
"Mr. President, you are the first leader whom I met after my visit to Washington and [the unveiling of] Trump’s plan. I think we have an opportunity today [to discuss this issue], I would like to talk to you and listen to your opinion and see how we can join all forces for peace and calm [in the region]," Netanyahu said.
He noted that his current visit to Moscow "symbolizes strengthening relations between the two countries." He also thanked Putin for his recent visit to Jerusalem and his "touching" speech at a ceremony to inaugurate a monument to the victims of the Leningrad siege.
The Israeli PM has also offered the Russian leader to discuss the U.S. "deal of the century" on ironing out the Middle Eastern crisis, showing interest in the Russian leader’s stance on this issue.
The Knesset member, member of the Yisrael Beiteinu party Mark Ifraimov, speaking to the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that Netanyahu’s visit to the Kremlin shortly after his trip to Washington is intended to show that Israel values Russia as its important political partner.
"President Putin is now one of the most important people who can contribute to the signing of a peace treaty in our region. We see this, and Israel respects all its partners, of course, those who treat us well. Russia is one of those countries that are among priorities for Israeli relations," he pointed out
"Since there has already been a visit to the U.S. and support has been received from Washington, now Netanyahu needs support from Moscow. Israel is a small state, and every country that can provide us with any form of support is very important for us," Mark Ifraimov stressed.