Ukraine’s President Zelensky Says Jerusalem Right Place for Peace Talks with Russia

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Jerusalem is the right place for peace talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as the ongoing invasion took the lives of at least 902 civilians so far.

In a video released on Telegram late Sunday, Zelensky thanked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for his efforts to broker talks. “We are grateful for his every effort. So sooner or later we could start the conversation with Russia. Perhaps in Jerusalem,” Zelensky added.

Zelensky reiterated that Jerusalem is the right place for “finding peace” if this is possible.

Bennett has been engaged in regular talks with Zelensky and Putin by phone and on March 5, Bennett held talks with Putin in Moscow for three hours.  

Israel also provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on February 24 but so far ruled out military support to the country.

At least 902 civilians have been killed while 1,459 others received injuries and over three million were displaced and took refugees to the neighboring countries since the eruption of invasion.

“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems, and missile and airstrikes,” according to OHCHR.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Russia and Ukraine had made progress on their negotiations to halt the invasion and that the two warring sides were close to an agreement. 

“Of course, it is not an easy thing to come to terms with while the war is going on, while civilians are killed, but we would like to say that momentum is still gained,” AFP quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

The government of Turkey had always expressed readiness to host talks between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia but Zelensky, who has strong ties with Turkey and Israel, suggested Jerusalem instead of Ankara for talks.

Turkey had recently hosted a meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two warring countries, but it failed to bear any result.


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