Netanyahu and Putin
Netanyahu and PutinMarc Israel Sellem/POOL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today (Sunday) with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the war with Hamas and openly criticized Russia's support for Hamas in the aftermath of the massacre of October 7.

The Prime Minister's office stated that he expressed his displeasure with the positions of Russian representatives at the UN and other international forums against Israel.

"The Prime Minister expressed strong criticism of the dangerous cooperation between Russia and Iran. He emphasized that any country that would suffer a criminal terrorist attack like the one experienced by Israel would act with no less force than Israel has.

However, Netanyahu told Putin that he appreciated the Russian effort to free an Israeli citizen who also holds Russian citizenship and asked for his country's assistance in pressuring the Red Cross so that it would be possible to visit the hostages held captive by Hamas and transfer life-saving medicines to them.

Moments after the call, a senior Russian official attacked Israel. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that international observers should be sent to oversee the war in Gaza.

"It is unacceptable that Israel uses Hamas' October 7th attack as a justification for collective punishment of the Palestinian people," the Foreign Minister stated.

Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross contacted Roni and Simona, the parents of Doron Steinbrecher, one of the Israeli hostages being held by Hamas, to tell them to"think about the Palestinian side" due to the bombings of the IAF, Kan News reported.

The Red Cross has refused to attempt to provide Steinbrecher and other Israeli hostages with their medication and has not visited a single one of the 240 hostages who were kidnapped on October 7.