Bennett on flight to Berlin
Bennett on flight to Berlin Photo: PMO

A diplomatic source on Saturday night said that the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended around 7:50p.m., about three hours after it began.

The meeting began Saturday afternoon, after Bennett flew to Moscow secretly, in the Mossad's private jet. Bennett, who is a religious Jew and therefore does not travel on the Sabbath other than in cases where lives are at risk, was accompanied by Construction and Housing Minister Ze'ev Elkin (New Hope), who is also a religious Jew, along with other officials.

During his meeting with Putin, Bennett spoke about the situation of the Israelis and Jewish communities as a result of the conflict. The two also discussed the Vienna talks to renew the 2015 "Iran deal," and Bennett presented Israel's position, which opposes a return to the deal.

Bennett acted in coordination with the US, Germany, and France, while maintaining ongoing communication with Ukraine. According to Kan 11, the US government gave Bennett its blessing ahead of the meeting.

Following his meeting with Putin, Bennett is now headed off to Berlin, where he will meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Following his meeting with Putin, Bennett spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron, updating him on the meeting with Putin.

Earlier, Channel 12 News had reported that Zelenskyy refused to accept a call from Bennett. The channel later said that Bennett's office denied the report.

The meeting was held following a long list of conversations over the past week between Bennett and various other leaders.