On heels of Israeli President Peres’ meeting with Putin, President Obama planning trip to Moscow

With tensions between Israel and Iran running high, Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week. “During the private meeting the two men discussed the Iranian threat, the ongoing situation in Syria, ways to restart the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the strategic relations between the two countries,” reports the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “At the end of the meeting President Peres said, ‘It was a positive and efficient meeting and it is clear from the discussion that Israel’s future and security is important to President Putin.'”

Now the Weekly Standard has picked up on a report in the Russian media that President Obama is planning a state visit to Moscow, as well. “Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outlet RIA Novosti reports. US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday,’ the Russian outlet reports. ‘Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection.’ RIA Novosti quotes Putin’s spokesman as saying, ‘Obama thanked [Putin] for the congratulations and the invitation and confirmed his readiness to come to Russia at a date to be agreed by the two sides. … Putin wished his US counterpart success in forming his new team’he said, adding that the two presidents confirmed their interest in ‘progressive development of bilateral relations in all spheres, including the economy.’ The White House has not announced plans for Obama to visit Russia since winning reelection. During the campaign Obama famously got caught on a hot microphone passing along a message to Putin. ‘This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,’ Obama told then Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. ‘I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir,’ Medvedev responded in the overheard conversation.”