After talks with Vladimir Putin, Israel PM speaks with Ukraine president

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Kyiv (Ukraine): Soon after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, AFP reported quoting officials.

Bennett met with Putin for about three hours on Saturday in Moscow, according to an Israeli official. The unannounced meeting took place with the blessing of the US administration, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, CNN reported.

The Israeli official said that Bennett’s diplomatic push was also coordinated with Germany and France and added that the Israeli leader “is in ongoing dialogue with Ukraine.”

Israeli official further informed that following the conclusion of the Moscow meeting, Bennett is now en route to Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Three days ago, Bennett held separate phone conversations with both Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky has appealed to Israel to mediate efforts to bring about a ceasefire.

first published:March 6, 2022, 12:05 a.m.

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