Netanyahu, Putin discuss deepening ‘multifaceted cooperation’ in phone call

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday held their sixth phone call of the year in which the two leaders discussed deepening cooperation.

The phone call marked the 25th anniversary of the restoration of ties between Israel and Russia.

A statement from the Kremlin said that “The two leaders exchanged greetings on the occasion of the 25th anniversary (October 18) of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel, and emphasized their interest in further developing multifaceted bilateral cooperation.”

“They also discussed urgent international and regional issues,” it added, without going into detail.

Putin also took the opportunity to congratulate “Netanyahu on his birthday and the Jewish holiday of Sukkot that is celebrated these days.”

Netanyahu has traveled to Moscow twice this year to meet with the Russian President, once in April and again in June.

They have held extensive talks on coordination of their activities in Syria, Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, and the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict.

With both Israel and Russia having carried out military operations in war-torn Syria, the two countries have sought to coordinate their actions to avoid accidental clashes.