Israel’s PM Bennett, Russia’s Putin speak, agree to meet


Israel’s new prime minister spoke for the first time with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and the two have agreed to meet soon, PM Naftali Bennett’s office tweeted.

Bennett’s office said he thanked Putin for Russia’s contribution to stability in the region and that the two spoke of the bridge between the two countries represented by Russian immigrants to Israel. Over 1 million Jews from the former Soviet Union have moved to Israel over the past three decades.

It was the first time the two had spoken since Bennett took office last month at the head of Israel’s new coalition government.

After two years, Bennett is to step aside while Foreign Minister Yair Lapid rotates into the premiership.


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