Russo-Ukraine war: Zelensky offers to meet Putin in Jerusalem

Kyiv (Ukraine): Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested on Saturday that talks could be held in Jerusalem to end the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.

Zelensky said he asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to act as a mediator, the Kyiv Independent reported.

“We generally support mediation by anyone,” Zelensky said in response to a question about Israel’s possible role. “But I wouldn’t call Prime Minister Bennett ‘anyone.’ You can play an important role because Israel is a country with a rich history.”

He went on to say that Ukrainian immigrants were among the founders of Israel, “who brought with them their own history and the desire to build a great country, as it is now. So it’s not bad for us to mediate like this at all.”

He said he told Bennett that he did not believe talks could take place in Russia, Ukraine or Belarus. “These are not places where we can make any sense on ending the war – I am not talking about technical meetings but about meetings between leaders. I believe Israel is such a place. Maybe, especially Jerusalem. I think so, and I said that to Bennett,” he said.

First published:March 12, 2022, 9:37 pm

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