Israeli PM meets Putin in Moscow, then speaks with Zelenskiy by phone

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Russian President Vladimir Putin within the Kremlin on Saturday to debate the warfare in Ukraine and later spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Bennett’s spokesperson mentioned. Bennett is coordinating his efforts within the disaster with the US, France and Germany, an Israeli official mentioned.

After his assembly with Putin, Bennett headed to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, his spokesperson mentioned. French President Emmanuel Macron had spoken to Bennett earlier than he flew to Moscow to transient him on his personal conversations with Putin, the Elysée Palace mentioned.

“They may keep in contact with the goal of acquiring a ceasefire, and this in coordination with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz,” an Elysée official mentioned.

Israel, on the behist of Zelenskiy, has provided to mediate within the battle between Russia and Ukraine, although officers have beforehand performed down expectations of any breakthrough.

Of their three-hour assembly within the Kremlin, the Israeli official mentioned, Bennett additionally raised with Putin the problem of the big Jewish group caught up within the warfare in Ukraine.

Israel will ship medical groups to Ukraine subsequent week to arrange a area hospital that may present therapy for refugees, its Well being Ministry mentioned.

Whereas Israel, an in depth ally of the US, has condemned the Russian invasion, voiced solidarity with Kyiv and despatched humanitarian assist to Ukraine, it has mentioned it’s going to preserve contact with Moscow within the hope of serving to to ease the disaster.

Israel, residence to a considerable inhabitants of immigrants from the previous Soviet Union, can be conscious of Moscow’s navy help for President Bashar al-Assad in next-door Syria, the place Israel recurrently assaults Iranian and Hezbollah navy targets. Communication with Moscow prevents Russian and Israeli forces buying and selling hearth by chance.

Bennett and Putin additionally mentioned the continuing talks between world powers, together with Russia, and Iran about reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.

Russia mentioned on Saturday that Western sanctions imposed on it over its invasion of Ukraine had turn out to be a stumbling block for the Iran nuclear deal. Israel opposes any revival of the deal.

Bennett, a spiritual Jew, flew to Moscow in violation of Sabbath regulation as a result of Judaism permits this when the goal is to protect human life, his spokesperson mentioned.

He was accompanied by his Ukrainian-born housing minister, Zeev Elkin. Elkin had prior to now accompanied former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an interpreter in his talks with Putin.

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