Vladimir Putin vowed to not kill Zelenskyy, former Israeli PM claims

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to not kill Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenksyy all by means of early negotiations of the invasion, former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned Sunday.

Bennett briefly served as a mediator between Putin and Zelenskyy inside the opening weeks of Russia’s invasion. the earlier prime minister traveled to Moscow and met with Putin in March 2022, and he detailed their dialog all by means of an interview posted on-line on Saturday.

“I requested ‘what’s with this? Are you planning to kill Zelenskyy?’ He mentioned ‘I gained’t kill Zelenskyy.’ I then mentioned to him ‘i’ve to know that you simply’re giving me your phrase that you simply gained’t kill Zelenskyy.’ He mentioned ‘I’m not going to kill Zelenskyy,'” Bennett mentioned of their dialog.

Bennett mentioned he then referred to as Zelenskyy to inform him the information.

“’hear, I acquired here out of a gathering, he’s not going to kill you.’ He asks, ‘are you sure?’ I mentioned ‘one hundred% he gained’t kill you,'” Bennett mentioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, reportedly promised not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, reportedly promised to not kill his Ukrainian counterpart. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool picture through AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 21, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 21, 2022. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Revelations of Putin’s promise come simply weeks earlier than the one-12 months anniversary of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Diplomatic efforts have since fizzled out, however, and Zelenskyy now says he is unwilling to converse with Putin till he withdraws his forces from Ukraine.

utterly different Ukrainian officers have dismissed Bennett’s assertion, arguing Putin was merely mendacity.

“do not be fooled: [Putin] is an expert liar. each time he has promised to not do one factor, it has been precisely a part of his plan,” Ukrainian international Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote Sunday on Twitter.

Putin’s army seems to be gearing up for a critical floor offensive inside the approaching months, ensuing in Ukraine’s determined requires tanks from its Western allies. The U.S. dedicated to delivering 31 M1 Abrams tanks in late January, although the autos require sophisticated teaching and upkeep and will not be seen on the battlefield for months.

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Germany, Poland and utterly different European international areas are additionally delivering German-made Leopard 2 tanks, which is in a place to see service a lot sooner.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says he secured a promise from Vladimir Putin not to kill Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says he secured a promise from Vladimir Putin to not kill Volodymyr Zelenskyy. (Abir Sultan/Pool picture through AP, File)

The U.S. has promised to deliver 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

The U.S. has promised to ship 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. (Artur Widak/Anadolu agency through Getty photographs)

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The U.S. has delivered tens of billions in army assist to Ukraine as a end result of the invasion started in February 2022. President Biden’s administration has said that the assist will proceed for “as prolonged as a end result of it takes.”

The associated Press contributed to this report.

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