Israel’s government announced that Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, decided to postpone his return to Tel Aviv and extend his visit to Russia, after talks he held Friday in the presidential resort of Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Israeli government confirmed that the first meeting between Putin and Bennett lasted five hours, and after its conclusion, the two leaders took a walk inside the Russian presidential residence in Sochi, “Bocharov Ruchi” towards the Black Sea coast.
The Israeli cabinet described the meeting as “warm and positive and dealt with a range of important issues for bilateral relations.”
The cabinet’s statement added that given the duration of the meeting, the Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation will extend their visit to Russia and will leave for Israel after the end of Saturday.
At the beginning of his talks with Bennett, Putin praised the level of relations between the two countries, pointing out that they have common interests, especially in the Syrian issue.
Putin, upon receiving Bennett in the Russian city of Sochi today, Friday, described the relations between Israel and Russia as “unique” and characterized by mutual trust.
Putin expressed his hope that the Bennett government will continue the approach of his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Israeli-Russian relations, despite the “internal political battles” in the country.
Putin pointed out that there are “points of contact” between Russia and Israel in the Syrian issue, especially with regard to the fight against terrorism.
He said as you know, we are making efforts to restore state authority in Syria, and there are disputed issues between us and their number is not small, but there are also points of contact and opportunities for cooperation, especially with regard to issues related to combating terrorism, and in general there are many issues that can and should be we have to discuss it.
Putin suggested to Bennett the exchange of data on the situation in the region, expressing his conviction that this would be very useful.