Putin-Netanyahu meeting held in Moscow

Putin-Netanyahu meeting held in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting in Moscow today, according to the Kremlin website.

At the meeting, Russia was represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Vice-Perm Maksim Akimov, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov and Special Representative of the President on Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev.

Netanyahu thanked Russia for its assistance in finding the remains of an Israeli soldier missing in battle since 1982. "I am grateful to you Mr. President for your personal friendship, for your position. We share common values," TASS cited Netanyahu as saying.

Yesterday, Israel announced the recovery of the remains of a soldier who went missing in a 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon. Putin acknowledged that Russia had worked to retrieve Zachary Baumel’s remains from Syria.

“Our military together with Syrian partners established the place of his burial,” Putin said at the meeting. “We are very pleased that at home they can give him the necessary military honors.”