President Shim'on Peres told Russian President Vladimir Putin, Thursday, "On your shoulders rests the responsibility that something like the Holocaust never happens again. You said that whoever denies the Holocaust can order himself another Holocaust. You said that Russia will help maintain Israel's security and will not allow the nuclear armament of Iran. We [together] do not hate Iran, but want a world with no fear and threat." During their meeting in the Kremlin, Peres noted that Syrian mortar shells fell in Israeli territory for the first time in years and said, "The Russian Federation has a role to stop the bloodshed and bring peace and security to the Syrian to the people of Syria and the Middle East. Unfortunately, time is running out."
Putin did not relate much to what was going on in Syria and Iran, calling on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume talks as a chief component of Middle East peace. He expressed great admiration for the relationship between Russia and Israel, and expressed hope that the relationship would grow tighter.