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Putin, Netanyahu meet before Israeli parliamentary election

AP , Thursday 12 Sep 2019
Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia September 12, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

Ahead of Israel's early parliamentary election next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has an interest in who wins power.

Putin spoke Thursday at the opening of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

Putin says ``over 1{ million immigrants from the Soviet Union live in Israel. We always considered them our people, compatriots. And, of course, we are not indifferent to what kind of people will come into the Israeli parliament.''

The Israeli leader said coordination with Russia's military was important because of Russia's presence in Syria. Netanyahu says ``over the past month we have seen a sharp increase in Iran's attempts to use the territory of Syria to attack us.''

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