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Kyiv accuses Israel of pro-Moscow stance

The Netanyahu government "has opted for a path of close cooperation with the Russian Federation.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen arrives in Ukraine for a solidarity visit ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion, Feb. 15, 2023. Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen arrives in Ukraine for a solidarity visit ahead of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion, Feb. 15, 2023. Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday accused Israel of taking a “pro-Russia” position.

The government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has opted for a path of close cooperation with the Russian Federation,” the embassy said in a long statement posted to its official Twitter account in both Hebrew and English.

It cited a “fruitless” visit to Ukraine in February by Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and an interview that Netanyahu conducted on June 22. The embassy also noted what it called a “near absence” of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Jerusalem’s “neutral” stance is tantamount to supporting Moscow, the embassy said.

“Regrettably, the Israeli government pays little attention to the opinions of its own people and disregards the pleas of the global Jewish diaspora, who unequivocally support Ukraine in its struggle against Russian state terrorism. We urge the Israeli government to change its position and to support Ukraine with defensive means, to support freedom and democratic world order. We expect Israel to be on the right side of history!” it wrote.

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