Ukrainian ambassador criticises Israel because of conversation with Russian Foreign Minister: it indicates change in policy

Ukrainian ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniichuk has criticised the conversation between Eli Cohen, Israelʼs Foreign Minister and Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart.

Source: comments to The Times of Israel outlet

Details: According to Korniichuk, communication with Lavrov indicates a change in the country's policy, since Israeli diplomats have not spoken with Lavrov since the beginning of the war.

He also noted Israel's incomprehensible policy regarding the war, because the country in no way condemns massive strikes on critical infrastructure in Ukraine. "Israel is unique, from the point of view of our partners. It is silent, " Korniichuk said.

According to an unnamed Israeli diplomat, Cohen delivered a message to Lavrov from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to act as a mediator if one of the parties asks him to do so.

Background: On 2 January, Eli Cohen, the newly appointed Israeli Foreign Minister, stated that Israel would start "talking less publicly" about the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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