Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin in Moscow today to discuss regional concerns, including the war in Syria.
During the meeting, Netanyahu invited Putin to be the guest of honor at the dedication ceremony for the memorial to those who fell during the siege of Leningrad; President Putin accepted the invitation.
In statements to the media prior to the meeting, Netanyahu thanked the Russians for the role they played in defeating the Nazis.
“First, I would like to congratulate you and the Russian people on Defender of the Fatherland Day, Netanyahu said. “We will never forget the roles played by Russia and the Red Army in defeating the Nazis. Several days ago we decided to complete funding for the Museum of the Jewish Fighter in World War II. Approximately 500,000 Jews fought in the Red Army. Soon we will dedicate a memorial in Jerusalem to those who fell during the siege of Leningrad. Mr. President, I would like to invite you to be our guest of honor; no one is more deserving.”
Netanyahu also mentioned that we will be discussing Iran and noted that the two leaders have met numerous times.
“The greatest threat to stability and security in the region comes from Iran and its proxies,” Netanyahu said. “We are determined to continue our vigorous action against the attempts by Iran, which calls for our destruction, including its attempts to entrench militarily in Syria,” he declared.
“Mr. President, I have counted eleven meetings between us since September 2015. The direct link between us is a vital component in preventing risks and friction between our militaries and contributes to security and stability in the region.”