Putin to meet mother of jailed Israeli traveler Naama Issachar

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the hall during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
AP / hamil Zhumatov 2019 ©Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the hall during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

Israeli PM is set Thursday for talks with Putin in Jerusalem as topic of Israeli jailed bound to come up

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet the mother of imprisoned Israeli-American Naama Issachar, Hebrew media reported on Wednesday.

Issachar, 27, was sentenced to 7.5 years on drug-related charges by a Russian court late last year after less than 10 grams of cannabis was found in her luggage at a Moscow airport.

Putin is scheduled to land at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport Thursday morning at 8:30am to participate in the World Holocaust Forum to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 

A Kremlin spokesperson said that the Russian president will meet Issachar’s mother Yaffa during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, Hebrew media reported on Wednesday that Moscow is expecting a series of “gestures” to be made by Israel before Putin decides on a pardon for Issachar. 

Hebrew media reports that even though no official negotiations are taking place, and the Russians are not demanding anything in a formal manner, the Kremlin is said to be looking for one-sided measures by Israel such as handing over Israeli assets and historical sites over to the Russians.

According to Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom, Putin will update his Israeli counterpart on terms of Issachar’s release, but there is no guarantee she will be freed any time soon.

Israel Hayom reported that Israel has already made two gestures to Putin. First, with the release of two Syrian security prisoners who received an early commute; and second, by transferring Alexander's Courtyard in the Old City of Jerusalem over to Moscow.

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