Phone call with Putin strengthens PM's optimism on Naama Issachar release

Report comes amid conflicting reports regarding Moscow's intentions vis-à-vis Issachar: 'Conversation was warm, to the point.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

'Free Naama!'
'Free Naama!'
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday about developments in the region and the case of Naama Issachar, the Israeli woman serving a 7.5-year sentence for a small amount of marijuana found in her possessions while in transit at Moscow's airport.

The Prime Minister's Office said: "The conversation was warm and to the point. The conversation strengthened the Prime Minister's optimism that matter of Naama Issachar's release is moving towards a solution."

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov on Tuesday said Moscow is not weighing options for a prisoner swap which would free Naama Issachar, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

"As far as I know, an exchange option is not being looked at," TASS quoted Ivanov as saying.

He added: She was convicted on criminal charges. As for [Issachar’s] complaints with the European Court of Human Rights, it is the job of her attorneys. We can advise nothing about that. It is her right."