Photo Credit: Haim Zach / GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, June 7, 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Globes Conference in Jerusalem on Thursday that he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming weeks.

“I have secured a meeting with Putin in the coming weeks,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him in a statement. The PM added that “in the coming weeks, I plan to meet with leaders of three of the four most powerful countries in the world.”

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In addition to the Russian leader, Netanyahu plans to visit to India soon and hold talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and meet with President Donald Trump “in Washington in March, if not sooner.”

Putin and Netanyahu had a phone conversation on January 1, and agreed “to meet in the near future in order to discuss the current state of bilateral relations and exchange views on various global and regional issues.”

The Russian president and the Israeli prime minister last met in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 23, 2017. Earlier, on March 10, 2017, they held talks in Moscow.

Since 1996, Netanyahu visited Russia 12 times in his capacity as prime minister.

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