Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held Kremlin talks with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, the Russian president’s second assembly with a overseas chief since his forces invaded Ukraine final week. Bennett has to this point not joined different overseas leaders in condemning the Russian offensive, stressing Israel’s robust ties with each Moscow and Kyiv. Ukraine has beforehand requested Bennett to mediate.
An announcement from Bennett’s workplace mentioned the premier “took off early this morning for Moscow, after speaking with President Putin last Wednesday.” Bennett is a spiritual Jew who doesn’t conduct official enterprise on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, besides beneath extraordinary circumstances.
An Israeli official mentioned the Kremlin talks lasted three hours. Kremlin informed Dmitry Peskov and Russian information businesses that Putin and Bennett had been “discussing the situation in Ukraine.”
The assembly seemed to be the primary with a overseas chief dedicated to the Ukraine battle. Putin acquired Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kremlin on the day the invasion started, in a go to that was lengthy schduled however extensively thought of ill-timed.
On Monday, Khan defended the journey — the primary by a Pakistani chief to Russia in additional than twenty years. “My foreign policy is independent and visits to China and Russia will prove beneficial for Pakistan in the future,” he mentioned in a televised deal with.