Ukraine lectures Israel on ‘Russian invasion’ — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Israeli foreign minister questions whether Russia intends to invade Ukraine, angering Kyiv envoy

Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel has been summoned for reprimand after he wrote an outraged Facebook post in response to Tel Aviv Foreign Minister Yair Lapid who disputed claims that Russia was planning an imminent attack in large scale against its neighbour.

Speaking to Axios on Wednesday, Lapid claimed that Israel is not “to see a violent confrontation” between Moscow and Kiev anytime soon, rejecting the idea that a “world War” would erupt from rising tensions between the two countries.

“We have a duty to act with caution in the face of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis that no other country has,” Lapid continued, explaining that both nations contain large Jewish populations while expressing concerns that the standoff could distract from nuclear talks with Iran.

Within a day, Lapid drew a furious response from Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk. Writing on Facebook, in English, the envoy said he was “deeply appalled” by the remarks and accused the minister of spreading “Russian Propaganda”.

“I would like to remind Mr. Minister that this is not a conflict – this is a WAR that Russia is aggressively and cynically waging against Ukraine,” Korniychuk wrote. “It is a pity that Mr. Lapid did not notice the war in the center of Europe which [has lasted] for eight years already.

The message apparently did not go down well with Tel Aviv, with the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoning the Ukrainian envoy for a “get dressed” of Gary Koren, who is deputy general manager of the Eurasia and Western Balkans division.

Although Korniychuk claimed that Lapid ignored “disturbing” Washington, London and the European Union’s predictions of a Russian invasion – citing troop movements near the border with Ukraine – these predictions are also at stark contrast to the less dire rhetoric of the President and the Ukrainian army.

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Last week, President Volodymyr Zelensky said his government had not seen “any escalation greater than it [did] before,” minimize “panic” propagated by Western officials and the media. Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov argued much the same, noting that “panic and fear are the most clickable” while questioning Moscow’s ability to invade with the forces currently stationed along the border.

Nevertheless, US President Joe Biden has already moved forward with a “lethal aid” package for Ukrainian forces, authorizing $200 million worth of anti-armour weapons, grenade launchers, artillery and small arms in December, while the UK provided “defensive weapons” and its own small arms.

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