On Election Day, Russia's Putin Says Plans to Visit Israel in January 2020

Putin also told a meeting with a Jewish charity fund on Tuesday that Russia is paying a 'high attention' to developing mutually beneficial relations with Israel

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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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he planned to visit Israel in January next year to inaugurate a memorial to World War Two victims in Jerusalem.

Putin also told a meeting with a Jewish charity fund on Tuesday that Russia is paying a "high attention" to developing mutually beneficial relations with Israel.

Putin made the statement as Israelis head to the polls in a tight election between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former IDF chief Benny Gantz.

Putin said on Monday that all foreign troops should be pulled out from Syria eventually, after peace is reached in the country.

Speaking after talks between leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Ankara, Putin also said that from his point of view the deployment of U.S. troops in Syria was illegal.