Only Israeli version of Bennett Putin Conversation has Putin apologize for
Dr. Aaron Lerner 5 May 2022
#1. Official Israeli Version
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Foreign Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin,
today (Thursday, 5 May 2022).
The Prime Minister presented the President with a humanitarian request to
examine various options for evacuation from Azovstal in Mariupol. The
request came as a result of Prime Minister Bennett's conversation yesterday
with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
President Putin promised to allow the evacuation of civilians, including
wounded civilians, through a UN and Red Cross humanitarian corridor.
In addition, the two discussed Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's remarks.
The Prime Minister accepted President Putin's apology for Lavrov's remarks
and thanked him for clarifying his attitude towards the Jewish people and
the memory of the Holocaust.
Prime Minister Bennett thanked President Putin for his wishes on the
occasion of the 74th Independence Day of the State of Israel.
#2 Official Russian Version
Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel
May 5, 2022 18:10
The President of Russia extended warm wishes to Naftali Bennett and the
people of Israel on today's national holiday - Independence Day. Vladimir
Putin and Naftali Bennett expressed mutual interest in further developing
friendly Russia-Israel relations and maintaining beneficial contacts between
the leaders of the two countries.
The leaders continued their detailed exchange of views on the situation in
Ukraine. They paid special attention to humanitarian issues, including the
evacuation of civilians held by militants of nationalist battalions from the
Azovstal steel plant, in cooperation with representatives of the UN and the
International Committee of the Red Cross. As before, the Russian military is
ready to ensure the safe exit of civilians. As for the remaining militants
at the Azovstal plant, the Kiev authorities should order them to lay down
On the eve of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, which Russia and
Israel celebrate on 9 May, Vladimir Putin and Naftali Bennett emphasised the
special importance of this date for the people of both countries, who
carefully preserve the historical truth about the events of those years and
honour the memory of all the fallen, including the victims of the Holocaust.
The President of Russia recalled that of the six million Jews tortured in
ghettoes and death camps and killed by the Nazis during punitive operations,
40 percent were Soviet citizens, and asked Naftali Bennett to convey wishes
of good health and wellbeing to the war veterans in Israel. In turn, Naftali
Bennett highlighted the Red Army's decisive contribution to the Victory over
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