Russia, Israel: partners against terrorism — Putin

MOSCOW, June 7 (KUNA) — Russia and Israel are partners in the fight against terrorism, said President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday at a joint press conference with the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Putin said Russia is determined to bolster its cooperation with Israel in their joint efforts against terrorism.
With regard to the core issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Putin noted that his country “seeks to continue working for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian problem,” one that is just and comprehensive.
On his talks today with Netanyahu, Putin described them as “candid and constructive,” recalling a growing relationship between the two countries over the past quarter of a century.
He indicated that talks over establishing a free trade zone between Israel and The Eurasian Economic Union are due to start this year, stressing that there is much room for developing bilateral trade between Russia and Israel in agriculture, technology, and pharmaceuticals. In that regard, he urged Israeli growers to firm up their presence in the Russian agricultural marketplace.
Putin said the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey including the possibility of resuming diplomatic relations bodes well for the two countries and the rest of the world. Noting that Israel is one of the conventional destinations for Russian tourists, Putin said that the numbers of these tourists are constantly on the rise.
For his part, Netanyahu said the two countries signed bilateral agreements on energy, social security, tariffs, and agriculture as he urged Russian firms to invest in Israel’s gas projects. (pickup previous) as.ajs