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Putin personally invites Netanyahu to Moscow for talks

By Mason White 3:05 PM March 20, 2013
Netanyahu with Putin 

By: Shifra Unger
As Obama touched down in Israel, the Russian leader personally invited Netanyahu for talks to Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow in a letter congratulating him on the formation of a new government, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.

The invitation came as U.S. President Barack Obama was in Israel on his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office four years ago.

“Netanyahu received a congratulatory letter from Putin. The letter congratulates the prime minister in the formation of the new government in Israel and invited him to visit Moscow,” the Israeli prime minister’s spokesperson, Mark Regev told the press.

He added that a date for the visit has not yet been decided.
The Israeli coalition government took office on Monday after more than 40 days of tortuous negotiations that Netanyahu was forced to make concessions to members of the cabinet.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited Moscow last week, where he told Putin he hoped to begin peace talks with Israel later this year, but admitted that the chances were slim.