| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Ukraine President Zelenskyy says Jerusalem ‘right place for peace’ talks with Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated that peace discussions between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin could take place in Jerusalem, in his latest attempt to get a meeting with his Russian counterpart.

In a video posted on Telegram late Sunday, Zelenskyy congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for his efforts to broker discussions.

“We appreciate everything he’s done for us.” As a result, we may be able to begin discussions with Russia sooner rather than later. “Perhaps in Jerusalem,” Zelenskyy speculated.

“This is the ideal location for discovering tranquility. If it’s feasible.”

Bennett has had regular phone conversations with Zelenskyy and Putin, as well as a three-hour meeting with Putin on March 5 at the Kremlin.

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, he has maintained a guarded diplomatic stance.

He has sought to maintain delicate security cooperation with Russia, which has soldiers in Syria across Israel’s northern border, by emphasizing Israel’s close links to both Moscow and Kyiv.

“Israel, of course, has its own interests and defense strategy for its own citizens. “We’re aware of everything,” Zelenskyy stated.

The Ukrainian president, who is Jewish, talked to Israeli parliamentarians by videolink earlier on Sunday, the latest stop on a virtual world tour that has included the United States Congress, the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, and Germany’s Bundestag.

In a Telegram video, he stated, “Russian propagandists face a difficult challenge today.”

“Because for the first time in history, a president of a foreign nation, spoke on video recording in the Knesset and to the whole nation of Israel… the president of Ukraine, who is accused of Nazism in Russia.”

Putin has called Ukraine’s leaders “neo-Nazis” and said the “denazification” of Ukraine is one of the reasons for launching the invasion.

In his address to the Knesset, Zelenskyy urged Israel to abandon its effort to maintain neutrality.

“We can mediate between states but not between good and evil,” he said.

He at several points compared Russian aggression to the Holocaust, drawing immediate criticism from some officials in Israel.

Israel has provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, but so far ruled out sending military hardware to the embattled country.

The Jewish state has also not joined Western sanctions against Russia.

The Jewish state has also not joined Western sanctions against Russia.

  • AFP