Russia and Israel are related by ‘very deep bond’ & Putin is ‘close, true friend’ of the Jewish folks, says Israeli PM Bennett

By Jonny Tickle, in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “true friend” of the Jewish folks and has labored onerous over the past 20 years to strengthen Moscow’s ties with Israel, the nation’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned on Friday morning.

Speaking to the press firstly of a working go to to Bocharov Ruchey, the Russian presidential residence in Sochi, Bennett prompt that the 2 nations can work to build up their financial and political relationship.

“For the last 20 years, and even more, you have led the process of strengthening ties between our countries and brought them to this level,” Bennett mentioned to Putin. “I would like to tell you in the name of our entire country, of all our people: we see in you a very close, true friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

According to the Israeli PM, the 2 leaders had deliberate to debate “a large number of topics,” together with the event of financial, scientific, and cultural cooperation.

Bennett’s journey to Sochi is his first official go to as head of presidency to Russia. The prime minister assumed workplace in June this yr, following an settlement that may see Israel’s management rotate to coalition associate Yair Lapid in two years.

Also on Russia & Israel are united by each nations’ ‘resolute rejection’ of anti-semitism and ‘any manifestations of xenophobia’ – Putin

The go to coincided with the 30th anniversary of the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the nations, which was celebrated on October 18. On that day, Putin mentioned that the 2 nations have “fruitful cooperation in many areas,” together with the drive for “peace, security, and stability in the Middle East.”

“We are united by a resolute rejection of anti-Semitism, any manifestations of xenophobia and ethnic strife, as well as any attempts to falsify history and revise the outcome of World War II,” Putin mentioned.

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