Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a face-to-face meeting at the Kremlin late Tuesday afternoon a day after Moscow called for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian talks. “It is important to get the Israeli-Palestinian settlement [peace] process going,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Monday, at a joint press conference with Finish Foreign Minister Timo Soini who had just met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday.

In describing his conversation with Soini, Lavrov said the two men had spoken of the need to resolve regional conflict including the ongoing civil one in Syria. Lavrov will be meeting on Wednesday with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, who will also be visiting Moscow, just as Netanyahu gets ready to fly back to Jerusalem. READ MORE