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Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

July 23, 2014

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The conversation was at Israel’s initiative.

Mr Putin said that continuing the military operations in the Gaza Strip would lead to a dramatic worsening in the humanitarian situation and cause deaths and suffering among the civilian population. The President stressed that the only possible option is to declare a ceasefire and settle the conflict using political means. Mr Putin reiterated Russia’s readiness to facilitate mediation efforts and implement peace initiatives, including through the UN.

Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu also discussed a number of bilateral issues.

July 23, 2014