Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk has criticized new Israeli Foreign Minister Eli for a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Israeli online newspaper The Times of Israel reported on Jan. 3.
According to Korniychuk, Kyiv is displeased that Cohen went ahead with the conversation, adding that such a step represents a change in Israeli policy.
“Israel’s (former) minister of foreign affairs (Yair Lapid) hasn’t spoken to Lavrov since the war started,” the ambassador said.
Korniychuk added that Israel’s position on the Russian invasion is “unclear.”
“Unfortunately, we are getting no condemnation of the mass shelling of our civilians in recent months,” he said.
“Israel is unique in terms of our partners. It remains silent.”
In his inaugural speech to the Foreign Ministry’s staff on Jan. 2, Cohen said that the new Israeli government would “talk less” on Ukraine and continue humanitarian aid.