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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday and expressed his hope for “constructive” cooperation after the coalition of parties overthrows Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I expect that your work at the helm of the government will faciliate a further development of constructive bilateral cooperation along all directions,” Putin said in a message released by the Kremlin.

“No doubt it is in the vital interests of our people,” Putin said, adding that Russia-Israeli cooperation would help strengthen “peace, security and stability in the Middle East.”

Bennett, a right-wing Jewish nationalist and former tech millionaire, takes over at the helm of an Israeli government pieced together by an eight-party coalition.

Their alliance ended Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.

Netanyahu, 71, boasted of his friendship with Putin and is a frequent visitor to Russia.

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