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Newsline: Israel summoned Ukraine’s ambassador

The Foreign Ministry summoned Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgeny Kornichuk for a reprimand after the diplomat criticized Yair Lapid’s remarks regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict in a statement posted on Facebook. (https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/02/04/ukrainian-ambassador-summouned-for-reprimand-over-remarks-about-lapid/) On Wednesday, Lapid told Axios, “At the moment, the [Israeli] assessment is that we don’t see a violent confrontation soon. I also don’t think a world war is about to start there. We are concerned that this is taking away [the United States’] attention from the nuclear talks in Vienna.” In return, Kornichuk wrote he was “deeply appalled by the recent remarks of Mr. Lapid regarding his vision of the ‘Russia-Ukraine conflict.’ I would like to remind Mr. Minister that it is not a conflict – it is a WAR that Russia aggressively and cynically conducts against Ukraine. It is a shame that Mr. Lapid has not noticed that there is a war in the center of Europe which has lasted for eight years already. A senior official in Kyiv told Israel Hayom that the ambassador’s remarks reflect the Ukrainian government’s stance and expressed disappointment at the side Israel has decided to take.

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