Russia’s President Putin Speaks To Israel’s Netanyahu Over Conflict With Hamas

Russian President Vladimir Putin contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for the first time since the fatal Hamas attack, briefing him on multiple meetings with regional and Palestinian Authority leaders.

“The Israeli side was in particular informed of the essential points of telephone correspondences that took place today with the leaders of Palestine, Egypt, Iran and Syria,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers relax as civilians volunteers hold a barbeque and check their wellbeing prior to their deployment to the zone along the Israel-Gaza border near southern Israeli city of Ofakim on October 16, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

The debate, according to Moscow, was centered on “the crisis situation resulting from the brutal escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The Kremlin claimed Putin offered “his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased Israelis.”

He also informed the Israeli president of Russia’s efforts to “promote the normalization of the situation, prevent further escalation of violence, and avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.”

Putin spoke by phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas.

According to the government statement, Putin also informed Netanyahu that Russia has a “fundamental desire to continue its targeted action aimed at ending” the war and achieving “a peaceful settlement through political and diplomatic means.”

Moscow has long had cordial relations with the Israeli and Palestinian governments, as well as many regional players such as Syria, Egypt, and Iran.

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