Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is annoyed at Israel’s refusal to impose sanctions on Russia. Photo/REUTERS
Zelensky’s frustration was conveyed in a video speech for an event at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem yesterday.
The speech was delivered when Russia’s war in Ukraine has been running for four months and Israel is in the midst of a political crisis, where Naftali Bennett’s position as prime minister will be replaced by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
Bennett has refrained from criticizing the Russian invasion and stressed Israel’s close ties to Moscow and Kiev. His government has not yet imposed sanctions on the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Days after the invasion began February 24, Lapid briefly condemned Russia’s actions as a “violation of world order.”
Zelenksy, who has family in Israel and visited the country several times, said he had struggled to understand the Jewish state’s soft approach to Russia.
“How can you not help the victims of such aggression,” annoyed Zelenksy, lamenting Israel’s refusal to offer military assistance to Ukraine, was quoted as saying AFPFriday (24/6/2022).
“I don’t know how to answer the questions I always get about how Israel is helping and what else Israel can do,” he said.