Bennett, Putin Speak After Call With Ukraine's Zelenskyy on Ways 'To End Violence'

Latest phone calls come as part of the diplomatic efforts to end Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and just days after Israel's Bennett met Putin in Moscow

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, in December.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, in December. Credit: Emil Salman
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on Tuesday with both Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russia's Vladimir Putin within a matter of hours, as Israel seeks a mediator role in the crisis.

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"Talked to @naftalibennett. Thanked for Israel’s mediation efforts," Zelenskyy wrote in a tweet adding that the two "[d]iscussed ways to end the war and violence."

This is the leaders' third conversation in less than a week. On their previous call, Zelenskyy once again requested that Israel send Ukraine weapons, and he and Bennett also discussed the bombing of Babi Yar by Russian forces, according to sources familiar with the call.

Less than three hours after Zelenskyy's statement, the Kremlin said Putin also spoke to Putin, according to RIA news agency.

In a readout of the call, the Kremlin said Putin had told Bennett about Moscow's assessment of the third round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials that took place on Monday.

On Saturday, Bennett met Putin in Moscow “to discuss the situation surrounding Ukraine,” Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

According to the Israeli statement, the two leaders met for three hours. Officials said they also discussed the situation of Israelis and Jews affected by the fighting, and the talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

The Biden administration was informed of the meeting in advance and supported it, Israeli officials said. The move was also coordinated with Germany and France, a senior official said, and amid “constant communication” with Ukraine.

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