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Netanyahu's old world allies celebrate his return to power

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi, Hungary’s Victor Orban and Italy’s Giorgia Meloni were all quick to congratulate their ally Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on establishing his sixth government.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on forming his sixth government. “Russia very much appreciates your personal long-term contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations between our countries. I hope that the new government under your leadership will continue the policy of developing constructive Russian-Israeli cooperation in all areas for the benefit of our peoples and in the interests of ensuring peace and security in the Middle East,” read Putin’s Dec. 29 message. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was also quick to congratulate Netanyahu, tweeting, “I wish success on the way to the welfare and security of Israel. I confirm Ukraine’s readiness for close cooperation to strengthen our ties and confront common challenges, achieve prosperity and victory over evil.”

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