Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for the first time since the conflict in Gaza erupted. Netanyahu commended Russia’s efforts to release an Israeli-Russian citizen held by Hamas, pledging to use all means to free hostages in Gaza. He urged Russia to pressure the Red Cross for visits and essential medicines for those held in Gaza.
However, Netanyahu criticized Russia’s positions against Israel in international forums, including the recent UN Security Council vote for a Gaza ceasefire. The Kremlin stated that the leaders discussed the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, with Putin expressing rejection and condemnation of terrorism while emphasizing the need to alleviate civilian suffering and de-escalate the conflict.
They agreed to continue cooperation on evacuating Russian citizens and securing the release of Israelis in Gaza.