Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to mediate between Russia and Ukraine if asked by the relevant parties.
What Happened: “If asked by all relevant parties, I’ll certainly consider it, but I'm not pushing myself in,” Netanyahu told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.
The newly-sworn in PM of Israel said his close ally, the U.S., would also need to ask because “you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen.”
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Netanyahu added that he was asked to be a mediator shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year but had to decline it because he was Israel's opposition leader at the time, not the prime minister.
“I have a rule: one prime minister at a time,” Netanyahu said. He, however, did not reveal details of who asked him to mediate but said the request was “unofficial.”
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Meanwhile, Ukraine had reached out to Netanyahu's predecessor, Naftali Bennett, to mediate the war. However, Bennett was unable to broker a peace deal after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in March.
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