Netanyahu travels to Moscow to meet with Putin

Fourth meeting in nine months with Putin, meeting to be focused on Russian military coordination with Israel as well as bilateral economic and trade cooperation

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Prime Minister Netanyahu travelled to Moscow Monday for a two-day visit where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, their meeting falling on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Israel and Russia.

Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel also travelled with the prime minister for meetings with Russian officials.

Netanyahu and Putin’s meeting will be centered on Syria and on updates on Russia’s military efforts, regional issues, global terrorism and bilateral trade and economic cooperation. The Prime Minister’s office released an official statement:

“The prime minister will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and will discuss the implementation of the understandings that were achieved during his visit to Moscow this past April. They will also discuss various regional issues including the global fight against terrorism, the situation in and around Syria and the diplomatic horizon between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as bilateral economic and trade cooperation and the strengthening of cultural and humanitarian ties. Pursuant to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts, a bilateral pensions agreement will be signed, the goal of which is to correct an historic injustice regarding remigrants from the former USSR who arrived in Israel up until 1992, who lost their eligibility for a Russian pension. The agreement will be signed by Minister Zeev Elkin and Russian Labor and Social Protection Minister Maxim Topilin. The agreement will take effect only after ratification by the Russian authorities. Both governments hope payments begin in 2017.”

Their meeting will be the fourth in nine months since Russia and Israel agreed to military coordination.