Israel, Russian FMs meet in Moscow on 30th anniversary of relations

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, with the officials praising their bilateral relations 30 years after they were formed.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry quotes Ashkenazi telling Lavrov that Jerusalem “appreciates the stance of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, which support Israel, and for their repeated commitment to Israel’s security.”

Hailing Russia as an “important and central player in the Middle East that is important to regional stability,” Ashkenazi says he views as important the “continued and fruitful dialogue” between the countries “which is based on common interests and cooperation on matters of national security.”

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi (L) and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, March 17, 2021. (Israeli Embassy in Russia/courtesy)