Putin Says No Meeting Planned With Netanyahu

Netanyahu has reportedly been trying to snag a meeting with Putin to resolve the diplomatic crisis surrounding the downing of the Russian spy plane over Syria

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he does not intend to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the near future, the Russian Embassy in Israel said. 

Putin made the statement in reply to a question he was asked during the 13th East Asia Summit that he attended. "We haven't planned yet," the Russian president responded. 

Putin won't meet Netanyahu soonCredit: Russian Embassy in Israel / Twitter

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The Israeli premier has been trying to obtain a meeting with Putin for a while, especially in light of deterioration in the bilateral ties between the two countries since Moscow accused Israel two months ago of downing a Russian spyplane.

The two reportedly met briefly on the sidelines of the event commemorating the centurial anniversary of the World War I Armistice in Paris. Netanyahu described the conversation as "good and to the point," adding that he "would say that it was very important."

In the diplomatic tiff that has yet to be resolved, Israel claimed that Syrian recklessness was to blame for the downing of the plane, while the Russian embassy in Israel said the Air Force's actions were "irresponsible and unfriendly" and exposed the downed plane to danger.