8 Nov 2022 13:12

Zelensky speaks to Netanyahu over phone, meets with U.S. philanthropist Buffett in Kiev

MOSCOW. Nov 8 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Monday held a phone call with Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who won Israel's recent parliamentary elections.

"I've just spoken to Benjamin Netanyahu. I congratulated him on victory. We discussed the main aspects of relations between our states," Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky as saying in a video address on Monday evening.

"I believe that we can significantly strengthen our states," he said.

As reported, the parliamentary elections took place in Israel on November 1, becoming the fifth elections in the country over the past three years.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, 73, won the vote. His Likud party and its allies have received 64 seats in Israel's 120-strong parliament.

Apart from that, Zelensky met with U.S. businessman and philanthropist Howard Buffett in Kiev on Monday, Ukrainian media said.

"I thanked him for supporting the project to create a kitchen factory initiated by First Lady Yelena Zelenskaya. This project is highly important," Zelensky said on social media.

"The possibility of Mr. Buffett's participation in the Ukraine Reconstruction Fund was also discussed," he said.

The Ukrainian president also presented the philanthropist with the Yaroslav the Wise Order of the 5th decree in recognition of his "support for the state sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and for his significant contribution to the popularization of the Ukrainian state in the world."