Netanyahu will meet with Putin to discuss regional issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the Victory Day parade before discussing Iran nuclear deal in Moscow on Wednesday.
Putin and Netanyahu in 2011 Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss regional issues on Wednesday. The two leaders will meet at Putin’s request at the Kremlin ahead of a possible US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu’s office said on May 5.

The meeting will take place after Netanyahu attends the traditional Victory Day parade marking the anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu and Putin spoke by phone and addressed Iran’s increased military presence in Syria and Netanyahu’s recent reveal of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

With Russian forces supporting the Syrian regime, Putin called on Netanyahu not to destabilize the regional situation and reiterated his support for the Iran nuclear deal signed by Russia, the US, France, Germany, Britain and China.

Netanyahu, joined by US President Donald Trump, has repeatedly opposed the Iran nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and called for it to be changed or canceled altogether.

On May 12, the US is set to decide whether to continue with the agreement in its current form. Trump has frequently expressed his displeasure with the nuclear agreement and called it “the worst deal” the US has ever made.



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