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Meeting Bennett, Putin says he aims to continue warm ties forged under Netanyahu

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi on Friday morning for their first face-to-face talks since Bennett took office earlier this year.

Putin told Bennett that the pair had “many problematic issues” to discuss, but also many “points of contact and opportunities for cooperation, in particular when it comes to fighting terrorism.”

The Russian president also told Bennett — who became prime minister in June, ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years — that he hoped and expected for Israeli-Russian relations to continue smoothly.

“I truly hope that despite the internal political battles, which are unavoidable in every country, your government will pursue a policy of continuity on Russian-Israel relations,” said Putin, noting his close ties with the previous Israeli government.

In his own comments, Bennett noted that the pair was going to “discuss the situation in Syria as well as efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” The prime minister added that talks between the nations “will be based on the deep connection between the two countries. We consider you a true friend of the Jewish people.”

Bennett departed for Russia from Israel at 5 a.m. Friday morning, landed some three hours later and will spend around five hours in the country before jetting back to Israel before Shabbat begins at sundown. His talks with Putin are expected to focus on Iran and Syria, and he is accompanied by National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, diplomatic adviser........

© The Times of Israel

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