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Israel’s Bennett undertakes diplomatic blitz on Ukraine

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spent the weekend in Moscow and Berlin, and talking either in person or on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during their meeting, in Sochi, Russia, Oct. 22, 2021.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew March 5 to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the first Western leader to sit down with the Russian leader since the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. Bennett was accompanied by Ukrainian-born Housing Minister Zeev Elkin, who had accompanied former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on several trips to Moscow as an interpreter in talks with Putin.

Before departing to Moscow, Bennett spoke on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron, who reportedly briefed him on his own conversations with Putin. An unnamed French official was quoted as saying, "They will stay in touch with the aim of obtaining a ceasefire, and this in coordination with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz."

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