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June 25, 2012 7:30 am

Putin Arrives in Israel Amid Regional Upheaval

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: wiki commons.

JPost – With the Muslim Brotherhood now in charge in Egypt and Syria in flames, Russian President Vladimir Putin makes his first visit to the volatile region on Monday since becoming president again in May, with a quick two-day journey to Israel and Jordan.

While Putin is scheduled to hold a lengthy meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the afternoon – a one-on-one discussion followed by a larger meeting with staff and other ministers – the bulk of the visit will be symbolic: the dedication of a monument to the Red Army for its victory over Nazi Germany, a state dinner with President Shimon Peres and a visit to Bethlehem.

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