TEL AVIV, January 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Israel’s Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was a brilliant military, a bright politician and an outstanding statesman, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Monday. He represented Russia at a commemorative ceremony organized for the late Israeli politician.
Naryshkin said that Sharon would always be remembered as a “decisive, brave and strong person” who displayed those qualities in full measure in all the posts which he used to occupy. “All the speakers at the commemorative ceremony noted that,” Naryshkin emphasized.
“In Russia, Sharon is known as a person and a politician who held a firm stance on questions like developing relations, friendly ties and all-round cooperation with our country,” the Russian State Duma speaker went on to say.
Naryshkin called Sharon a historical figure who had gone down both in the history of Israel and world history. “He played a great role in Israel’s establishment as a state,” Naryshkin said.
The speaker also praised Sharon for being a strong and decisive military leader and an outstanding politician who had held various posts in the hierarchy of Israel’s state power.
Naryshkin also presented condolences to the family and relatives of the late ex-prime minister. “I had a chance to talk to the sons of Ariel Sharon. I presented my genuine condolences and words of support to them in this hard moment,” Naryshkin told journalists after the commemorative ceremony.
Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of the Jewish state, died on January 11, 2014. He had spent the last 8 years of his life in a coma. Sharon was Israel’s prime minister from 2001 to 2006.