In a trip with extraordinarily high stakes, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett brought Israel to the center of the world stage on Saturday, by flying to Moscow for talks on the Ukraine crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday night stated that what turned out to be a three-hour meeting at the Kremlin was held “in coordination and with the blessing of the US administration,” which has continually sought a diplomatic resolution to Russia’s invasion, and in coordination too with Germany and France. As the former foreign minister Tzipi Livni immediately noted on Channel 12 news, that American backing “was critical.”
Bennett’s office also said he was working “in ongoing dialogue with Ukraine.” Officials close to the prime minister denied Hebrew media reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who knew the trip was imminent, refused to take a call from Bennett on Friday, and Bennett indeed spoke with Zelensky immediately after departing the Kremlin, even before taking off from Moscow en route to Germany to brief Chancellor Olaf Scholz…
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