Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin. Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/FLASH90, 2012.
After the victory of Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections, the spokesman for Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, hinted that the Kremlin is willing to get closer to Israel.
“We definitely value constructive relations with our Israeli partners,” Dmitry Peskov said, according to the state-owned TASS news agency. “It is certainly important for us to see people at the helm of Israel and the government, who share a common approach toward further developing bilateral relations,” he continued.
During the year, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, prime ministers before Netanyahu, have tried to maintain a strategic position between Russia and Ukraine.
Netanyahu and Putin developed a good relationship during Netanyahu's tenure as prime minister. Despite this, the Kremlin spokesman said he considers it too early for a meeting between the two leaders to take place.