By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/JERUSALEM (Worthy News) – The embattled Ukrainian president asked Israel’s prime minister to mediate negotiations in Jerusalem between Ukraine and Russia as Russian tanks raced through Kyiv.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine urged the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, to oversee the Jerusalem talks. It wasn’t immediately clear when a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would happen.
Israel supports the Ukrainian people in their time of need, Prime Minister Bennett reportedly told Zelensky when the two leaders spoke Friday.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk reputedly said that his nation believes that said: “Israel is the only democratic state in the world that has great relations with both Ukraine and Russia.”
He added that Bennett did not give an immediate answer. “They didn’t say no,” he said. “They are trying to figure out where they are in this chess play.”
Ukrainian officials would be more comfortable holding such talks in Jerusalem than in Russia’s ally nation Belarus, where Moscow proposed negotiating. Israel, Korniychuk said, is seen as a more neutral party.
“We want the negotiations to take place in Jerusalem. We think that Israel is the country that could hold such negotiations in the middle of the war,” the ambassador added in published remarks.
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