Bennett: Russia no longer wants to replace Zelensky or demilitarize Ukraine

The prime minister stated that Ukraine was also no longer demanding to join NATO.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS, VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
(photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS, VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the advances are that the Russians are no longer trying to depose Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and fully demilitarize Ukraine, while Ukraine has backed down from trying to join NATO.

“We are trying to mediate together with our friends in the world, but there is a long way ahead,” he said.

“We positioned Israel in a way that allows us continuous communications with both sides that is honest and open and can bring achievements” in the mediation, Bennett stated.

Bennett added that Ukraine was also no longer demanding to join NATO.

"We will continue together with our other friends in the world to try to bridge [between the sides] to put an end to the war, this is the best thing that can happen," added the prime minister.

Russian officials have said in recent weeks that they are aiming to "denazify" and demilitarize Ukraine, with Ukrainian officials saying Russia wants to remove Zelensky and his government and install a puppet government.

Russian authorities have not officially stated that they've given up on demilitarizing Ukraine.

 A SERVICE member of pro-Russian troops in uniform without insignia stands on the step of a military truck in the separatist-controlled village of Bugas in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. (credit: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters) A SERVICE member of pro-Russian troops in uniform without insignia stands on the step of a military truck in the separatist-controlled village of Bugas in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. (credit: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced what he called a "special military operation" in Ukraine in late February, he described Ukraine as historically part of Russia, raising concerns that Russia could try and annex at least part of Ukraine.