Even though success appears improbable, Israel will continue to try to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday after returning from unexpected discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine has asked Israel to act as a middleman, noting the Bennett administration’s solid connections with both Kyiv and Moscow. Bennett’s office stated that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy three times over the weekend.
Bennett revealed no specifics about his three-hour meeting with Putin in the Kremlin on Saturday, stating only that it had “the support and encouragement of all parties” – a hint to the United States, among others – in televised remarks to his cabinet. Bennett and Putin spoke on the phone last week about the possibility of mediation.
“We will continue to help wherever it is asked, even if the prospects are slim,” Bennett added. “I consider it as a moral obligation to make every effort as soon as there is even a minor opening and we have access to both sides and the capabilities.”