Vladimir Putin 'Russia Can Make A Contribution To The Peace Process'Netanyahu and Putin had fostered good relationsHe said: "For many years Putin was really skilfully keeping a middle ground between Israel and Iran, but recently Russia became dependent on Tehran because of arms deliveries. It was probably that Iran said 'we support you in Ukraine, you support us in the Middle East'. Now he has taken this pro-Palestine stance on the conflict any Israeli government is an enemy for Putin." Putin and Netanyahu promoted cultural ties and visa-free travel between the two countries. In his memoir published during Russia’s war on Ukraine, Netanyahu praised the Russian leader for his intellect and his “particularly friendly attitude” toward the Jewish people.