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Putin visits Israel on Mid East issues

06-26-2012 22:36 BJT

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel this week with an entourage numbering in the hundreds including 4 ministers. While mutual business interests were a major reason for the visit, the two countries were also intent on ironing out differences over some of the major issues affecting the Middle East right now. Stephanie Freid has this report.

It was Vladimir Putin’s second time in Israel. The last time he was here was 7 years ago.

But despite tension between the two countries throughout the years, his arrival was greeted enthusiastically.

Shimon Peres, Israeli President, said, "We view you as a leader..."

From outward appearances, it was easy to overlook the fact that the visiting president’s alliances are with neighboring states Israel’s leaders view as threats to their country’s existence

Once the ceremonies, dedications and honor guards were finished, leaders and top ministers from both sides rolled up their sleeves and got down to tougher matters behind closed doors.

As it turns out, on the hot, multi-lateral issues, there was agreement

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, said, "The international community...I believe that we should be doing two things now: Boosting the sanctions and also boosting the demands...should be dismantled."

Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "Of course we spoke in depth...also enhance international stability."

Israel wants Russia to put pressure on Iran when it comes to UN demands surrounding the Iranian nuclear program. Russia wants Israel to refrain from striking Iran’s nuclear facility.

There are no guarantees, but Vladimir Putin’s visit here sends a clear signal to Egypt’s new leadership and to Iran’s government about Israel-Russia ties.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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