Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in Israel. During the 90-minute meeting the the two leaders discussed regional issues, including the Iranian nuclear standoff and the bloodshed in Syria.
In a joint press conference after their meeting, Putin stated that Russia is serious about preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and did his best to assure the Israeli premier that the P5+1 talks with Iran – which met last week in Moscow and meet again this July in Istanbul – are bearing fruit.
While warning Israel about attacking Iran, the Russian president cited America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as examples of why Israel should use caution before force. Putin advised Israeli leaders to let the diplomatic process play out.
The Russian president was in Israel attending a dedication ceremony for a memorial to the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany.