Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Tuesday night over the telephone with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, ahead of talks that are due to begin on Wednesday with a Russian economic delegation visit to Israel. During their conversation, Netanyahu agreed to Putin's request to meet with the leader of the delegation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.
Both leaders noted the rapid growth of trade between the two countries and the growing cooperation between the two countries in technology and investment in infrastructure. "I welcome the increase in trade, tourism and economic cooperation with Russia. We are committed to continuing to advance bilateral relations, with emphasis on expanding trade and investments," Netanyahu told Putin.
Putin took care to thank Netanyahu for his government's decision to build a special memorial in Netanya to commemorate Red Army soldiers who fought in World War II. The prime minister invited his Russian counterpart to visit Israel and dedicate the memorial.