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Vladimir Putin offers to help mediate Gaza cease-fire
As if Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't already have his hands full with the mess in Ukraine, he now wants to get involved in the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports Putin offered to mediate a truce between Hamas and Israel, with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing the situation on the phone.
“The Russian president stressed that continued military action in the Gaza Strip is leading to a dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation, to deaths and suffering of civilians,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
“He reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to assist in mediation efforts and the implementation of peaceful initiatives, including in the framework of the United Nations,” the statement said.
But Putin the peacemaker may be a bit too late to the game. Wednesday afternoon, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he's open to a truce if blockade of Gaza ends.
Via Ria Novosti