Netanyahu announces Putin visit, just after phone call on Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday in the aftermath of a phone conversation between the two leader on military coordination in Syria.
Putin had spoken with Netanyahu on Monday at Israel’s request.
“We talked about the situation in Syria and the continued coordination between the IDF and the Russian Army. You know how important this relationship is for Israel,” Netanyahu said.
Both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that that a brief working meeting would now be held between the two leaders, just five days before the April 9 Israelis elections.
As part of his election campaign, Netanyahu has hammered home his diplomatic successes including his strong ties with both Russia and the United States.
Last month, Netanyahu met with US President Donald Trump in the White House. At the end of February he also visited Putin in Moscow. This week he is hosting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Jerusalem.
Election campaigning aside, however, Israel and Russia have joint interests in regional issues, such as Syria, particularly given the Russian military’s involvement in the country and Israel’s continued aerial strikes against military targets.