9:35 pm: Israel will not allow a “siege” of sanctions against Russia
Israel, which did not join Western sanctions against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, pledged on Monday that it would not allow its “siege” by Moscow and the oligarchs, Israel’s head of diplomacy.
Yasser Lapid, the head of Israeli diplomacy during a visit to Slovakia, declared “Israel will not be a way to circumvent the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and other Western countries”.
In early March, the Israeli government set up a special committee led by a senior foreign ministry official to guide “Israel’s response to these sanctions”, Israeli diplomacy spokesman Lior Hait said without specifying. Has this committee made any recommendations since then?
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on the phone for more than an hour on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he met in Moscow ten days ago, according to a senior Israeli official. He also met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday, the official said.
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