By Alexander Miller, for Eurasia Business News – March 5, 2022

Smolenskaya embankment, Moscow, October 2017 –  Photo credit : Swann Collins.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, Israel’s state broadcasting corporation reported.

The Kremlin says that Prime Minister Bennett is meeting with President Putin in Moscow. The parties are discussing the Ukrainian crisis.

Several media sources reported on February 25 that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to mediate in negotiations with Russia. Unnamed officials in Kyiv confirmed it.

Ukrainian officials may be more comfortable holding negotiation talks in Jerusalem than in Russia’s ally Israel is seen as an influent but neutral party in the armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

The main world players must act quickly to end the armed confrontation in Ukraine and bring the parties to the negotiating table, said the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during the Cybertech Global TLV 2022 conference in Tel Aviv.

On March 6, talks between Vladimir Putin and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine early in the morning of February 24, with the official goal to “demilitarize Ukraine”, remove the Ukrainian government and protect the right of Russian leaving in Eastern Ukraine. In a televised address to the Russians, President Vladimir Putin said that circumstances “require decisive and immediate action from us, the people’s republics of Donbass have asked for help.” 

I took part in five or six different conflicts as a soldier, a commander and later on as a security cabinet member. It’s just a horrible thing,” Bennett said. “We in Israel have had our fair share of wars, and I can tell you one big lesson: Wars are easy to start and very difficult to finish.

The majority of the international community condemned the military operation of Russia against Ukraine, called parties to a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada imposed strong sanctions against Russian state-owned banks, the Russian central bank, Russian state officials and oligarchs and decided to exclude the main Russian banks from the international interbank payment system SWIFT.

The situation in Ukraine is deteriorating each day, with heavy casualites among civilians and military.

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