Kyiv commends Israel for its mediating efforts

14 March 2022, 06:21 PM

Israel has assumed the “challenging, yet noble” role of a mediator between Ukraine and Russia, the chief-of-staff of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, said in a Facebook post on March 14.

“Israel assumed the difficult, yet noble task of mediating the search for peace and an end to Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Yermak said.

He added that Ukraine is in close communication with Israel about their joint efforts to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Ukraine’s besieged cities.

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“We’re in constant communication with (Prime Minister Naftali Bennet’s) national security advisor and chair of (Israel’s) national security council Eyal Hulatra.”

Reportedly, Israel will comply with the Western sanctions against Russia, reversing the country’s earlier stance Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was quoted saying “Israel won't be used as a means to bypass the sanctions on Russia.”

Israel has been facing criticism for their restrained reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, due to Israel’s good relations with the Russian Federation. PM Bennett visited Moscow on March 5, followed by a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the day after, likely in an effort to mediate an end to the war.

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