Netanyahu may visit Ukraine ‘in near future’

22 February, 02:07 PM
Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo:Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS)

Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo:Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may pay a visit to Ukraine "in the near future," Israel’s Hayom news agency reported on Feb. 21.

It is expected that Netanyahu will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when he visits.

Ukrainian sources of the newspaper said that an invitation to the Israeli prime minister to visit Ukraine has already been sent, but no exact dates for it have been agreed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen visited Ukraine on Feb 16. He was the highest-ranking Israeli government official to visit Ukraine since the start of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine. While in Kyiv, Cohen held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

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Israel, which has a large Russian-immigrant population, has not imposed sanctions on Russia, and has not provided weapons to Ukraine. It has, however, provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

Ukraine and its capital Kyiv have become a destination of political pilgrimage for leaders from all over the free world since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion and war on the country on Feb. 24 last year.

The most important visitor was U.S. President Joe Biden, who made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital on Feb. 20.

Some VIPs, such as former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have visited on more than one occasion.

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