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Israel: FM Katz thanks Putin for Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz

Israel, Tel Aviv
January 23, 2020 at 07:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning to participate in Holocaust memorial events.

He was welcomed on the tarmac by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who thanked Putin for the Red Army's liberation of Auschwitz.

"It is thanks to the Red Army that my mother, who was taken as a teen to Auschwitz, was liberated and immigrated to Israel, where she established a family. Thank you,” Katz said.

Putin is expected to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold talks about bilateral cooperation and international issues including the situation in the Middle East.

In addition, the Russian leader will give a speech on the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Later the Russian president is expected to visit Bethlehem to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning to participate in Holocaust memorial events.

He was welcomed on the tarmac by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who thanked Putin for the Red Army's liberation of Auschwitz.

"It is thanks to the Red Army that my mother, who was taken as a teen to Auschwitz, was liberated and immigrated to Israel, where she established a family. Thank you,” Katz said.

Putin is expected to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold talks about bilateral cooperation and international issues including the situation in the Middle East.

In addition, the Russian leader will give a speech on the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Later the Russian president is expected to visit Bethlehem to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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