Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday that he had agreed to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon to discuss the security situation in the Middle East.
The Russian president also spoke to Netanyahu on the phone, saying “We decided that we will speak at further length in the future about various issues.”
Putin hosted Rivlin at the Kremlin on Wednesday afternoon.
“Mr. President, I welcome you with all my heart on arriving in Russia. I am happy to receive the Israeli president. Israeli-Russian relations have a long history. More than 1.5 million Soviet emigrants, who speak Russian and have a Russian mentality, live in Israel. They stay in touch with their friends and family members, who have stayed in Russia, making our relationship particularly special,” he said.