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Medvedev to hold talks with Netanyahu in Israel

November 10, 2016, 4:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian prime minister arrived in Israel with a visit on Wednesday

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday during his visit to Israel. "Talks will be held with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with President (Reuven) Rivlin, with opposition leader in the Knesset (Yitzhak) Herzog," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko told reporters. "Issues of bilateral agenda will be considered in detail, including ways to further strengthen trade & economic, investment, scientific & technical, innovational and humanitarian cooperation between our countries," he added.

Program of the visit

Medvedev arrived in Israel with a visit on Wednesday. On Thursday the Russian prime minister will hold separate meetings with the Israeli president and with the opposition leader in the Knesset. After that, he will hold talks with Netanyahu, followed by Russian-Israeli negotiations. A package of documents is expected to be signed after documents, and both prime minister will make statements for the media.

The Russian prime minister will also visit the Sergiev Town Church in Jerusalem, Russian spiritual mission and the research institute of biotechnologies. On November 11. Medvedev will visit the memorial complex Catastrophe of European Jewry and lay a wreath to the Eternal Flame there. "Russia and Israel are brought together by opposition to anti-Semitism, other manifestations of xenophobia and inter-ethnic strife," Prikhodko said. "Together we stand against falsifying history, reconsidering the results of the Second World War, attempts to glorify accomplices of fascism, diminishing the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over Nazi Germany, denying the Holocaust," he added.

Stimulating growth of trade turnover

In the interview to Israel’s Channel 2 ahead of the visit, Medvedev said: "Russia and Israel may reach very many things together for different reasons. I mean, of course, the origin and development of the State of Israel, common interests on the international arena, and simply bilateral relations, first of all in the economic, humanitarian spheres."

The Russian prime minister said the economic relations of the two countries could develop more actively. "Over the last years, we did not develop our economic cooperation as well as we could have hoped. The current state of affairs - trade turnover between Russia and Israel stands at around $2 billion. This is not much," Medvedev said. He noted that the aim is to stimulate growth of trade turnover between Russia and Israel.

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