Netanyahu to Meet Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, Expected to Discuss Pardon of Jailed Israeli

Israeli PM and Russian president also scheduled to discuss regional developments and Trump's Mideast peace plan

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Putin and Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020
Putin and Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, where the two are expected to discuss the release of Naama Issachar, an Israeli who has been sentenced to more than seven years in jail after she was found with 9.6 grams of hashish in her luggage during a layover in Moscow.

While in Russia, Netanyahu will also update Putin on regional developments and the Trump administration's Mideast peace deal.  

Issachar's lawyers announced on Monday that Russia’s pardon commission had approved her application. The district governor forwarded the request to Putin’s office on Tuesday for final approval.

Issachar's mother was outside the prison in Moscow on Tuesday, reportedly waiting to meet her inside.

The Kremlin spokesman said Putin would make a decision on the issue soon.

"This is an important step towards Naama's release," her attorney, Vadim Klubagent said, adding that the next step is to wait for Putin's response. 

“The Russian president has never granted pardon to a foreign citizen so far," Klubagent added.