Netanyahu in Moscow to Meet Putin

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, Monday. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, Monday. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow on Monday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue a series of talks on the Syrian conflict and other regional issues.

The two-day trip is Netanyahu’s third to Russia since September and also comes as the two nations mark 25 years since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Accompanying Netanyahu are Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and Russian-born Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud), who will finalize a deal providing pensions for Russians who moved to Israel.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, Monday. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, Monday. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)is

Netanyahu is also scheduled to visit the Moscow museum, where an Israeli tank taken by Syrian forces in the 1982 Lebanon war is on display. The Syrians handed it over to Russia, and Putin recently agreed to return the tank to Israel.

Israel had sought the return of the tank in part to console the families of soldiers missing in action since the battle in which it was captured.