Vladimir Putin had a warm visit to Israel today. He was at the inauguration of as memorial to Red Army soldiers who fought the Nazis in WWII. He then met PM Netanyhu where they discussed regional issues and economic cooperation.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his reservations over the prospect of a military strike in Iran, urging Israel Monday to learn from negative US experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Putin’s comments were made in a meeting with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, after Israel’s president asked the visiting leader to speak out on the Iran issue.
“Iraq has a pro-Iranian regime after everything that has happened there. These things should be thought out ahead of time before doing something one will regret later,” he said. “One should not act prematurely.”
Earlier in the evening, Putin said that his country “has a national interest in guaranteeing peace and tranquility for Israel.”
The Russian president noted that the former Soviet Union supported the State of Israel’s establishment, adding that his talks earlier Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were constructive and pertained to the need to boost strategic ties between the two countries.
“My visit here reinforced the assumption that we have friendly relations, and these are not just friendly relations,” Putin said. “This is a solid basis for building dialogue and partnership.”
Both Israel and Russia have a common enemy: The Muslim Brotherhood. Its a shame the president of Russia has visited Israel before the US President has.