"Israel" condemns Russia, supports "Ukraine's sovereignty"
"Israel" took sides with NATO in its crisis with Russia on Ukraine, condemning what it called the "Russian attack on Ukraine."
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned the "Russian attack on Ukraine "as "Israel" took the decision to criticize Russia in the wake of the Russian military's operation in Donbass.
Although a statement by the Israeli Foreign Ministry yesterday voiced support for "Ukraine's sovereignty," it stopped short of condemning Russia.
"Israel joins the concern of the international community over the deteriorating events in eastern Ukraine and is prepared to act in the interest of a diplomatic solution to return calm to the region if requested to do so. Israel supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
Today, however, Lapid called the Russian military operation in Donbass "a serious violation of the international order." The occupation's Foreign Minister further said that "'Israel' condemns that attack, and is ready and prepared to offer humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian citizens."
Amid fears of a Russian retaliatory military operation yesterday, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said yesterday that his country hopes to develop cooperation with "Israel" that are based on mutual interest.
In December last year, Ukraine's ambassador to "Israel" implied that his country may recognize al-Quds as "Israel's" "one and only capital" soon, in exchange for security and defense demands.
The Ukrainian ambassador told The Times of 'Israel' that he believes Zelensky may make the move toward recognition in a matter of months, however, Ukraine has certain demands in terms of its partnership with the Israeli occupation in security and defense before that can happen, implying a trade-off.