Netanyahu assures Putin "I will be back soon" after losing election

Netanyahu assures Putin "I will be back soon" after losing election

Days after being ousted as Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu passed a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin promising a quick comeback, a source close to Netanyahu and a European diplomat said.

Shortly after Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister on June 13, the Russian ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, visited Netanyahu bearing a personal letter from Putin which described their time working together, Axios reported.

Netanyahu read the letter and told the Russian ambassador: “Tell President Putin I will be back soon," the sources say.

Netanyahu and Putin had a close relationship that grew even closer after Russia began its military involvement in Syria in 2015. Netanyahu flaunted that relationship during election campaigns — meeting with Putin days before the 2019 vote and even featuring a picture of the two together on a campaign billboard to emphasize his stature as a statesman.

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