Putin Sends Netanyahu Birthday Wishes

IVAN SEKRETAREV / POOL / AFP
IVAN SEKRETAREV / POOL / AFP

The Jerusalem Post reports: Amid Russia’s stepped up military activity in Syria and increased tension between Moscow and Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to come for a visit on November 10.

As has been the case in the past, the Kremlin issued a brief statement about the Netanyahu-Putin call, while the Prime Minister’s Office did not issue any kind of read-out.

According to the Kremlin, Putin “cordially” congratulated Netanyahu on his birthday, and sent greetings on the occasion of Succot:

“The two leaders exchanged greetings on the occasion of the 25th anniversary [October 18] of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel, and emphasized their interest in further developing multifaceted bilateral cooperation. They also discussed urgent international and regional issues.”

This was the sixth phone call between the two leaders this year. They have also met four times in the past 16 months.

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