Vladimir Putin, Of All People, Has Offered To Help Mediate Palestinian Israeli Cease-Fire

Vladimir Putin, not content with the escalating conflict in Ukraine, now apparently wants to get involved in the violent situation in the Gaza Strip.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports Putin has offered to mediate a truce between Hamas and Israel, with the Russian president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently discussing the situation on the phone.

Further fighting in Gaza will lead to a dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation and to more casualties and suffering among the civilian population, Putin said to Netanyahu, it was reported.

Putin “stressed that there is no alternative to ceasefire and a political settlement” and “reiterated his readiness to facilitate mediatory efforts and the implementation of peace initiatives, including within the UN framework,” the presidential press service said.