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Israel’s Bennett talks with Putin, Zelenskyy trying to resolve Ukraine’s crisis

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TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has spoken with the President Vladimir Putin Saturday was over in the Kremlin Russia’s invasion of Ukrainethen spoke with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, an attempt to resolve a conflict that has resulted in an increasing number of civilians and refugees.

Before Mr. Bennett’s visit, President Biden’s diplomacy and European leaders could not stop Mr. Putin from invading Ukraine or returning his cars. In the face of severe Western punishments, Mr. Wright saw. Putin himself was cut off from the earthwith limited avenues for the diplomacy and economy of his country freed from much of the world’s trade.

The meeting of Mr. Mr. Bennett and Putin was treated “with the improvement of the U.S. economy,” Mr. Putin’s office said. Bennett, who was known to have allied himself with Germany and France. After seeing Mr. Putin, Mr. Bennett traveled to Moscow for Berlin, where he met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the prime minister said. Mr. was also present. Bennett was assisted by Home Minister Zeev Elkin, who was born in the current Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and helped with the translation.

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Nearly three hours of conversation with Mr. Putin is concerned with the safety of Ukraine’s Jewish community world talks about Iran’s nuclear program, said Mr. Bennett keena. On Saturday, new demands from Russia – a group in nuclear negotiations – threatened efforts to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, a deal Israel opposes.

Sunday flight to Moscow

Mr. White jumped. Bennett was in Moscow as Russian troops continued to face strong opposition from Ukrainian troops, and an agreement to release civilians from the two besieged cities failed. Russia’s attack on its little neighbor last week killed civilians and sparked the largest exodus of people in Europe since World War II as Ukrainians fled the country. bleeding.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, center, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The meeting came about a week after Mr. Bennett, on the phone with Mr. Putin, offered to mediate between Russia and Ukraine. Mr. Putin on that call was “ready to negotiate,” a senior Israeli official said.

In the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Israel found itself in the midst of powerful opposing forces. The powerful Israeli family, the US, and pro-Western Ukraine, along with a large Jewish background, have encouraged Israel to take a strong side with the Ukrainians. At the same time, the government of Mr. Bennett for taking sides that would jeopardize its relationship with Russia, which would allow Israel to be free to maintain Iranian positions in Syria.

President Vladimir Putin attended a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2021.

President Vladimir Putin attended a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2021.
(Sputnik/Evgeny Biyatov/Kremlin and Reuters)

Mr. Bennett stressed at home to boost support for Ukraine. Israel has rejected a Ukrainian request for weapons and other weapons, such as helmets and shields, Ukraine’s ambassador, Yevgen Korniychuk, said earlier this week. But Israel condemned the Russian invasion and chose instead United Nations resolution calling for an end to violence.

Mr. Bennett, a vigilant Jew, was in Moscow on Sunday, pointing to the rapidity of his mission.

Israel worked to maintain good relations with the Kremlin and did not want to upset Moscow during the conflict. Russia’s launch of a military operation in Syria in 2015 has become a key player in the Middle East. Israel sees Russia’s presence there as a kind of transition between Islamist groups such as Hezbollah and Iran’s dominant position.

The opinion of Mr. Putin’s invasion and cut -off of the Ukrainian government was the denazification of the country, while Mr. Since Russia hit a movie theater earlier this week in Kyiv’s Babyn Yar district, the site of one of the worst Holocaust killings, there has been growing condemnation of the Holocaust. Jews for the Russian invasion.

Interview since December

The works of Mr. Bennett followed talks and exchanges between Washington, Moscow and Europe since mid -December, when Russia demanded written assurances not to expand NATO to east and NATO would withdraw troops and missiles from countries that later joined the alliance. 1997.

Russia is building about 200,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, Mr. Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron were among the leading European leaders to visit Moscow in recent weeks, seeking to persuade Mr. Putin has his security concerns about Ukraine and the expansion of NATO to be made in the talks.

Mr. Scholz hopes to have some kind of action on the idea that Ukraine may not be a NATO member for many years to come. Mr. Macron’s kind of neutrality for Ukraine came up in the talks.

In the end, the Kremlin did not agree to his earlier demands and Mr. Putin made his attack as talks with Europeans continued and days before Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his French and US counterparts in Europe.

“Yes, there is a second. Yes, there is an option chosen to start the war while we are always negotiating peace,” he said.

German Minister Olaf Scholz, right, stands on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Federal Chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2022. Bennett arrived in Berlin from Moscow after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

German Minister Olaf Scholz, right, stands on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Federal Chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 5, 2022. Bennett arrived in Berlin from Moscow after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.
(Combined Press)

Messrs. Macron and Scholz spoke to Mr. Putin today is demanding that he stop the violence.

No Mr. Bennett also had high stakes. In addition to Israel’s close ties with Russia and Ukraine and its attempts not to provoke Washington by staying on the fence about the crisis, Mr.

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Israel has long opposed the 2015 pact and is urging its allies to ensure that if the agreement is returned, the emphasis is kept on Iran to meet with observers in Iran and ensure that it does not cheat. Of Iran.

Russia has been instrumental in negotiating the return of the agreement between the US and Iran. However, on Saturday, Mr. Lavrov is a new bridge in the way of an agreement, demanding assurances from Washington that the West’s harsh sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine will not end.

Write it down Thomas Grove ma thomas.grove@wsj.com and Laurence Norman et al laurence.norman@wsj.com

Israel’s Bennett talks with Putin, Zelenskyy trying to resolve Ukraine’s crisis

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