Israeli Foreign Minister invited to Kyiv

6 February, 11:28 PM
Eli Cohen (Photo:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Eli Cohen (Photo:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is expected to visit Kyiv for a “frank conversation behind closed doors,” his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Feb. 6.

“We are waiting for the visit of my colleague, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, who, at my invitation, will arrive in Kyiv,” Kuleba said.

“Here we will have a frank conversation behind closed doors, in a safe environment, on how cooperation between our countries will develop further.”

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Kuleba recalled that Ukraine has lists of required weapons, which are based on the capabilities of every particular country. He confirmed that such a list had been shared with Israel and other countries.

“We have an equitable relationship with Israel and we are ready to start a dialogue with the new government of Israel without preconditions,” the minister added.

Officially, Israel has condemned the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and provided humanitarian aid, short of weapons. The New York Times wrote that Jerusalem secretly helps Kyiv with intelligence sharing, in particular when it comes to countering Iranian kamikaze drones.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, said he was ready to transfer “military items” to Ukraine.

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