Netanyahu to Make One-day Visit to Russia, Five Days Before Election

The prime minister will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security matters related to Iran, Syria and Lebanon

Campaign posters of Netanyahu shaking hands with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the Likud headquarters, Tel Aviv, July 28, 2019.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a one-day visit to Sochi, Russia, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, five days before Israel's election.

The prime minister's office said that Netanyahu will take off in the morning and return in the evening. 

Netanyahu and Putin are expected to discuss security matters related to Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

Last week Netanyahu made a snap visit to London to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after the prime minister nixed a visit to India due to "scheduling constraints."

During the brief half-hour meeting between the two leaders, Johnson and Netanyahu agreed on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Downing Street said.

Netanyahu also met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during his visit. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was present in London at the time, though he did not meet with Netanyahu.