Bennett to CNN: Zelensky asked me to speak with Putin on Ukraine war


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Bennett to CNN: Zelensky asked me to speak with Putin on Ukraine war
Bennett spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Ukraine, clashes on Temple Mount, settler violence and the crisis unfolding in his coalition.
Published: APRIL 21, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to meet counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia, Bennett said in a televised interview given to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday evening. The prospects of Russia's war on Ukraine ending soon are "not looking good," Bennett admitted, adding that Israel is willing to re-enter serious mediation efforts at Zelensky's request.

Bennett defended his and his government's stance on Russia, stating that Israel has "condemned Russian aggression many times" and voted for Russia's suspension from the UN Human Rights Council, in response to Amanpour's question on whether Israel has taken a strong enough stance against Putin's regime. Bennett also praised Israeli aid given to Ukraine in military and humanitarian capacities, including the field hospital established in Western Ukraine. However, the prime minister did admit that "in order to mediate," he must remain in contact with Putin.