26.06.2012 06.Tammus. 5772
Visiting heads of state typically meet with opposition leader, but Putin's trip avoided protocol as a mere “working visit”.
Labor MKs expressed outrage on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not make time during his short visit to Israel to meet with their party chairwoman, opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich.
Diplomatic protocol requires visiting heads of state to meet with the opposition leader. But Putin's trip was termed a “working visit” and not a “state visit”, so he was able to bypass traditional elements of diplomatic protocol, including meeting Yechimovich and visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Mount Herzl….