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Israeli PM hails talks with Russian president in Moscow

April 22, 8:26 UTC+3 TEL AVIV
According to Netanyahu, "two major achievements were the result of a meeting with the Russian president - one in the sphere of security and another in the social sphere"
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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian presidential press service/TASS

TEL AVIV, April 22. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed on Thursday as very successful talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Two major achievements were the result of a meeting with the Russian president - one in the sphere of security and another in the social sphere," the prime minister said in a press release circulated by his Office. "This is an excellent present for Passover (Pesah)," he said about a week-long holiday that Israel starts celebrating on Friday in commemoration of liberation of the Jewish people by God from slavery in Egypt.

Focusing on security sphere, the prime minister said "I was setting the task of strengthening coordination in security sphere between Russia and Israel in order to prevent misapprehension and incidents".

He said an agreement was reached at talks that Commander of the Israeli Air Force Major General Amir Eshel and his military secretary, Brigadier General Eliezer Toledano, would meet separately with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and top officers. "Their meeting did take place, they discussed issues remaining open," Netanyahu said.

"We have reached sizable progress, and this has major importance for security of Israel," the prime minister said. As for the social sphere, talks focused on pensions to Russian nationals living in Israel.

"The final decision on this issue will be made during my next visit to Moscow on June 7, within the framework of celebrations marking 25 years since restoration of diplomatic relations between our countries," he said.

The prime minister also said that at talks with President Putin they had discussed "all regional issues - Iran, weapons and the Palestinian issue".

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