Ukrainian MFA held a meeting with Israeli ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Diplomats agreed to prevent the increasing temperature of the discussion in Ukrainian and Israeli society regarding the voting for anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council
17:51, 26 December 2016

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Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Ambassador of Israel regarding the voting of Ukraine in the UN. This was reported by "112 Ukraine" TV channel by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betsa.

"Today, on December 26, the Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the further development of our relations established after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on the situation in the Middle East. From our side disappointment was expressed over a certain emotional reaction of the Israeli side on the voting results in New York. Once again an explanation of the motives of the Ukrainian delegation's position in support of the project has been provided," Betsa said.

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According to her, the ambassador has visited the ministry and Ukraine's position was explained to him, the postponed visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman to Israel was also discussed.

"We discussed it in detail, but I think, in any case, the visit will take place," Betsa said.

"I would like to emphasize that if we discard emotions and consider the situation strictly from the point of view of international law - our position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is absolutely consistent and balanced, we advocate for the peaceful coexistence of two independent states, and the settlement of the conflict should be made by solely peaceful means… The key principle of our voting was the basis of the international law, the main element of which is the principle of the territorial integrity of the state," Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Betsa also expressed hope that "this emotional debate" will not harm the traditionally friendly Ukrainian-Israeli relations, which have always been based on mutual respect and common interests.

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