January 23, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened on Thursday, January 23, in the center of Jerusalem, the “Candle of Memory” monument dedicated to the feat of the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War. This is reported by TASS.
Putin admitted that he was deeply moved by the fact that the Israelis came to the unveiling of the monument to the heroes of besieged Leningrad. He thanked the Israeli side for the ceremony.
At the base of the monument in Saker Park was laid a capsule with the ground of the Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg, where 490 thousand residents and defenders of besieged Leningrad are buried.
Earlier Thursday, the Russian leader arrived in Israel for Holocaust Remembrance Day. He has already met with the Prime Minister and President of Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin, as well as with the mother of an Israeli woman, Naama Issachar, convicted of smuggling hashish in Russia. After negotiations with Rivlin, Putin called the Holocaust a common tragedy of the two peoples and called for a repeat of this.