Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Saturday. Bennett also met with Putin to address the conflict in Ukraine.
Officials in Israel and the United States have confirmed that Bennett is working closely together to resolve the problem.
Bennett was scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after his meeting with Putin, according to a statement from Bennett’s office.
According to the Elysée Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron talked with Bennett before to his flight to Moscow to update him on his own meetings with Putin.
“They will keep in touch in order to establish a ceasefire, and this will be coordinated with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz,” an Elysée official stated..
At the request of Zelenskiy, Israel has volunteered to arbitrate between Russia and Ukraine, but authorities have previously downplayed hopes of a breakthrough.’
There was also a discussion on the significant Jewish population caught up in the conflict in Ukraine during the three-hour meeting, according to an Israeli official.
According to the Israeli Health Ministry, medical professionals from Israel would go to Ukraine the next week to set up a field hospital to assist refugees.
Israel, a key friend of the United States, has expressed its support for Ukraine, criticised the Russian invasion, and delivered humanitarian supplies to the country. However, it has stated that it will continue to communicate with Moscow in an effort to calm the problem in Ukraine.
Israelis are acutely aware of Moscow’s military assistance for President Bashar al-Assad in neighbouring Syria, where Israel routinely hits Iranian and Hezbollah military sites because of the large community of former Soviet Union immigrants living in Israel. Russian and Israeli soldiers are kept from accidentally exchanging fire because to constant communication with Moscow.
Talks between major international countries, including Russia, and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal were also brought up by Bennett and Putin.
Iran nuclear accord has become stymied by Western sanctions against Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia claimed on Saturday. Israelis are opposed to a resumption of negotiations.
Bennett, a devout Jew, travelled to Moscow on a Saturday because, according to a representative for Bennett, this is permissible in Judaism when the goal is to save human life.
Zeev Elkin, the Ukrainian-born housing minister, was accompanying him. Elkin has previously served as Israeli interpreter for Benjamin Netanyahu during his meetings with Vladimir Putin.