Russia freed a US-Israeli woman on Thursday who had been jailed on drugs charges, after President Vladimir Putin granted her a pardon.
Naama Issachar's release came ahead of talks in Moscow on Thursday between Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who flew in from Washington to pass on details of a US peace plan, which Israel supports and Palestinians reject.
Netanyahu thanked Putin at talks in Moscow for what he said was a "swift" decision to pardon Issachar. Netanyahu has said he plans to meet her later on Thursday.
The release of the New Jersey-born 26-year-old is seen as a boon for Netanyahu, who had publicly appealed Putin to free her.
The right-wing Israeli leader, under criminal corruption indictment, faces an election on March 2 and has campaigned on his ability to protect Israel's interests abroad.
Issachar was jailed for seven and a half years after being arrested last April when police found nine grams of cannabis in her bags during a stopover at a Moscow airport on her way from India to Israel.
Her family called her treatment disproportionate and the case opened an unusual public rift between Russia and Israel.
"It has been a long journey that I would not wish upon anyone," Yaffa Issachar, Naama's mother, was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post, having traveled to Moscow for her daughter's release. "Now, all I want is to hug my daughter Naama."