MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised close dialogue between Moscow and Jerusalem and offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his best wishes for the Purim holiday.
"I am pleased to say that we have been maintaining a very close and trust-based dialogue," Putin said addressing Netanyahu at a bilateral meeting. "We hold regular meetings and maintain telephone contacts, our ministries have been closely cooperating. Besides, you often visit us ahead of holidays. I would like to offer you my best wishes for the upcoming Purim holiday." The Russian president wished Netanyahu and the people of Israel to enjoy the holiday season.
Putin also welcomed the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on the situation involving the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia).