Netanyahu last met Putin in April, five days before the previous election, when he thanked the Russian president for assistance in returning the remains of IDF Sgt. Zachary Baumel to Israel.
The announcement came just hours after the Prime Minister's Office announced that Netanyahu would soon be traveling to Russia for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This does not mean Netanyahu does not have the right to play up his diplomatic prowess as part of his election campaign. He can and he should.
"As you know, we have never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in a costly, destructive arms race," Putin said.
“It is clear to any outside observer,” one Saudi commentator wrote, “that these countries lack any legitimacy to speak about peace and security in Syria. In fact, they are part of the problem.”
Soon after the start of the protest, a Reuters reporter saw several hundred people milling around at one of the designated protest points in central Moscow.