Yaffa Issachar, mother of Naama, meets with Netanyahu, Putin

Yaffa Issachar begins a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, as speculation swirled that the Russian leader’s visit could include an announcement on the fate of jailed Israeli-American Naama Issachar.

Naama Issachar was sentenced by Russia to 7.5 years in prison after nearly 10 grams of marijuana was found in her luggage during a layover in a Moscow airport in April.

She has denied smuggling drugs, noting she had not sought to enter Russia during the layover on her way to Israel from India, and had no access to her luggage during her brief stay in the Russian airport.

Putin is in Israel for a one-day visit for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

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