Russian media says Netanyahu to strive mediate between Moscow and Ukraine

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to go to Ukraine in what some within the Russian media are saying is a US-led push for peace between the 2 Slavic nations.

Netanyahu, who’s scheduled to satisfy Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, is part of Washington’s try to facilitate Zelensky’s process “of ending the battle with Russia in behind-the-scenes negotiations,” the Russian day by day Nasha Versia reported Monday.

Israel, which has good relations with Moscow and Kiev, has maintained a nonalignment coverage within the Ukraine-Russia battle that erupted in 2014. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and helped rebels in Ukraine’s east arrange pro-Russian enclaves, citing the alleged threat to civilians and minorities from Ukrainian nationalism. In contrast to Israel, america, the European Union and most different Western international locations condemned the Russian intervention.

Netanyahu is scheduled to take part in a commemoration for victims of Babi Yar, a patchwork of ravines exterior Kiev the place greater than 33,000 Jews had been executed by firing squads on Sept. 29-30, 1941.

It will likely be his first go to to Ukraine for the reason that April election of Zelensky, who’s Jewish. Zelensky mentioned in Could that he considers Israel a task mannequin with regards to self protection.

“We should turn out to be Icelanders in soccer, Israelis in defending our land, Japanese in know-how,” he mentioned.

Ukraine is the one nation moreover Israel to have a president and prime minister who’re Jewish. Volodymyr Groysman, a former mayor of the western metropolis of Vinnitsa, is the prime minister.