Israel vows not to ‘bypass’ Russia sanctions

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Israel said Monday it will not “bypass” Western sanctions on Moscow as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to Russia’s president in a new bid to mediate and end to the war in Ukraine. “Israel will not be a route to bypass sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and other Western countries,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said while visiting Slovakia, where he condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On Monday evening, Bennett spoke on the phone for 90 minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he had met in the Kremlin earlier in March, a senior Israeli official said. This excha…

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