Netanyahu Arrives in Moscow Ahead of Putin Meet

Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin will discuss implementing the understandings reached during Netanyahu's April visit concerning military coordination, as well as economic and trade cooperation and strengthening cultural ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016. Alexander Nemenov, Reuters

MOSCOW - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow Monday evening to mark the 25th anniversary of relations between Israel and Russia.

Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the fourth meeting between the two in the last year. Netanyahu is accompanied by Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin, who signed a pension agreement between the two states on Monday, and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel.

The Prime Minister's Office said that Netanyahu and Putin will discuss implementing the understandings reached during Netanyahu's April visit to Moscow concerning increased coordination between the Israeli military and Russian forces, in hopes of preventing unwanted problems. 

Netanyahu's office said the two will also discuss efforts to renew the Syrian cease-fire and to end the country's civil war, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. They will also discuss Israeli-Russian economic and trade cooperation, as well as strengthening cultural ties.

During Netanyahu's visit to Moscow, Ariel will sign a memorandum of understanding with his Russian counterpart concerning cooperation in the fields of agriculture, the dairy industry and advanced dairy industry technology. Israel has increased agricultural exports to the Russian market over the past two years.

Israel's Foreign Ministry and Strategic Affairs Ministry will also inaugurate the Israeli PR campaign entitled "Open the door to Israel," highlighting Israel's achievements in education, technology and culture.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu will meet with dozens of members of the Russian Jewish community. Netanyahu will then visit a museum in Moscow housing an Israeli tank captured by the Syrian army during the First Lebanon War's battle of Sultan Yacoub. Russia will return the tank to Israel in the coming months following Netanyahu's request to Putin during his April visit.

Netanyahu will return to Israel Wednesday night.