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Putin pardons Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia for drug smuggling

Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned Naama Issachar, an American-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges, the Kremlin said in a statement Wednesday.According to the statement, the presidential decree pardoning Issachar on "humanitarian principles" is effective immediately.Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, set to fly to Moscow directly from Washington following the White House's unveiling of its Middle East plan, thanked Putin in a statement. "I thank my friend, President Putin, on his granting of a pardon to Naama Issachar," he said. "I expect we will meet tomorrow and we will discuss the deal of the century and the recent regional developments."The announcement comes nearly a week after Putin met with ...
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