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Bennett jets to Russia for lightning talks with Putin on Iran, region

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22.10.2021

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took off Friday for a lightning visit to Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks expected to focus on Iran and Syria.

Bennett will only be in the Russian resort city for about five hours, during which he’ll hold his first meeting with the Russian leader since entering office before jetting back to Israel Friday afternoon before the start of Shabbat at sundown. The leaders also spoke two weeks ago when Bennett congratulated Putin on his 69th birthday.

“The two will discuss a series of diplomatic, security and economic issues involving both countries, as well as important regional matters, primarily Iran’s nuclear program,” the Prime Minister’s Office said when the visit was announced several days ago. His spokesperson said the the trip came at Putin’s invitation.

Speaking from the tarmac before taking off, Bennett touted the importance of ties with Moscow, which Israel sees as a major regional player due to its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and influence it wields over Tehran.

“The ties between Russia and Israel are a significant pillar of Israel’s foreign policy, both because of Russia’s special position in the region and its international status, and also because there are a million........

© The Times of Israel


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