Ukraine’s Embassy in Tel Aviv has lashed out at Israel, accusing the country of providing insufficient support to Kiev amid the conflict with Moscow, and bolstering ties with Russia instead.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday, the Ukrainian mission noted “with regret that the current Israeli government has chosen the path of close cooperation with Russia.”
There has been “complete inaction in providing Ukraine with defensive assistance over the past one-and-a-half years” on the part of the Jewish state, the statement read.
The embassy accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of making “entirely fictional and speculative assumptions” in order to justify inaction by his government.
In an interview last week, Netanyahu argued that Israel cannot provide arms to Kiev because of Russia’s involvement in Syria, amid concerns that those weapons could eventually end up in the hands of Iran.
Ukrainian diplomats have also slammed an agreement to establish a branch office of the Russian consulate in West Jerusalem, reached earlier this month, as well as other recent high-level contacts between Israel and Russia.
Israeli officials demonstrated a “blatant disregard of moral boundaries” by attending a diplomatic reception hosted by the Russian Embassy last week, the statement argued.
While most “democratic” countries have sanctioned Russia over its military operation in Ukraine, Israel has not only refrained from joining the restrictions, but – on the contrary – increased trade with Moscow, the Ukrainian embassy said.