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The high level of respect Russian President Vladmir Putin demonstrated toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week was unprecedented, indicating Russia’s desire to bolster its relationship with Israel. In addition, Russia may now use its veto power at the UN Security Council to thwart anti-Israel resolutions.

By: The Algemeiner

Russia is not ruling out using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to thwart anti-Israel resolutions, an unnamed Israeli diplomatic official involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow last week.

However, the official, speaking to Israeli news site nrg, did qualify his statement, saying that the chances of Russia wielding its veto power in such a manner were very low.

The official noted that the high level of respect Russian President Vladmir Putin demonstrated toward Netanyahu and his traveling entourage last week was unprecedented and indicated Russia’s deep desire to bolster its relationship with Israel.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool photo via AP)

Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow came against the backdrop of the concern among Israeli officials that US President Barack Obama, before he leaves the White House in January, will seek to promote, or at least refrain from vetoing, a UN Security Council resolution that outlines the parameters of a future peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to the nrg report, this concern was validated by conversations leading Israeli politician Yair Lapid had with Obama advisers during a recent trip to Washington. On the other hand, just last week, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a speech at the American Jewish Committee conference in Washington, “Peace will not come through resolutions at the United Nations.”

The Israeli diplomatic official declined to tell nrg what Netanyahu and Putin discussed during their two meetings in Moscow last week. But the official did say that Putin went out of his way to give the Israeli prime minister a warm welcome. Both meetings lasted twice as long as planned, over four hours in total.

According to the report, Israeli officials believe Putin is seeking closer ties with Israel because Israel is the only Western country that has not taken part in the international sanctions imposed on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The Jewish state has studiously avoided taking a position on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.