Russian Prime minister Medvedev says relations between Moscow and Jerusalem “strong and friendly”

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived late last night for an official three day visit to the Middle East, met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin today in Jerusalem. The Israeli head of state welcomed the Russian Prime Minister and pointed at the strong and friendly relations between Moscow and Jerusalem, while emphasizing the close cooperation between the two countries in countering the challenges in the region. Prime Minister Medvedev on his part said there were a list of challenges that both countries must confront together, while reaffirming Rivlin’s statement, in which the relations between the two countries were indeed strong.

“Mister Prime Minister, I have very pleased to have the opportunity to receive you here in Jerusalem,” said Rivlin  / “We are confronted by challenges, as well as opportunities, and we must be prepared to both aspects. / President Putin sends his regards, you are correct that between our two nations we have strong and friendly relations, and we have a list of challenges that we must confront together,” said Medvedev.

Earlier, the Russian Prime Minister visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old city, accompanied by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch – the chief rabbi of the site. Medvedev is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Jericho.