Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday night discussed "current issues in bilateral cooperation and on the international agenda, including progress in talks on the Iranian nuclear program," Putin's website reported. On the Ukrainian question, the Russian leader “pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev’s irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking citizens.” He stressed “the inadmissibility of the current regime’s use of armed force to suppress public protests in southeastern Ukraine."