Israeli PM visits Moscow He talked with Putin about Ukraine

The Jerusalem Post has commented that this is the first time a Western leader has met with a Russian president since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. The meeting, which began Saturday afternoon, lasted more than two and a half hours.

Bennett left Israel on Saturday morning, violating the Sabbath. A spokesman for the prime minister said that if the purpose of the trip was to save human lives, it would be fair to violate the Jewish Sabbath ban.

Bennett was with construction minister Jeev Elkin, who was born in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, and has been translator for Israeli prime ministers for more than 10 years. In addition, National Security Adviser Ezel Hulada and International Adviser Shimrit Meyer flew to Russia.

On Wednesday, Bennett spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, a few hours later with Putin. Reuters recalls that Israel has been mediating relations between Moscow and Kiev since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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