Putin hosts Israeli president, hails close bilateral ties

March 16, 2016 4:32 PM

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MOSCOW – Russia's President Vladimir Putin has hosted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, hailing friendly ties between the two nations.

While welcoming Rivlin in the Kremlin, Putin noted that nearly 1.5 million Israeli citizens have origins in Russia and other former Soviet nations, which helps drive Russia and Israel closer.

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