Israeli FM, Ukraine envoy meet at height of Ukraine tensions
The Israeli occupation is on high alert as tensions rise on Ukraine between Russia and the West, seeking to evacuate its settlers.
Tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine are at their height, and with that, Israeli occupation foreign minister Yair Lapid met with Kyiv's envoy, Yevgeny Korniychuk, and the two diplomats discussed their concerns over the Ukraine crisis.
During the meeting, Lapid voiced his concerns over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, hoping that the escalation simmers down after diplomatic talks led by the United States, the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday.
Lapid informed the Ukrainian envoy of the preparations of the Israeli embassy in Kyiv, emphasizing that the Israeli government was concerned about Israelis in Ukraine.
Israeli occupation prime minister Naftali Bennett urged the Israelis to leave Ukraine "immediately", starting his Sunday cabinet meeting by saying "Tel Aviv" does not know what the next few days will hold for Russia and Ukraine. "Just like the rest of the world, We hope for tensions to simmer down without any escalation, but one of our priorities is taking care of our citizens," in reference to Israeli settlers residing in Ukraine, saying flights to occupied Palestine from Ukraine will increase.
Security sources told the Israeli Walla news site the scenario would be a last resort for the Israeli occupation, and civilian aircraft will be the most favorable transportation method in case of an evacuation.
Israeli security minister Benny Gantz's office said any "aid" from the Israeli occupation forces would depend on the ongoing scenarios and assessments.
Media reports said Prime Minister Bennett directed his ministers not to make any comments on Russia's actions and to keep quiet on the evacuation of Israeli settlers from Ukraine.
Relations between Russia and the Israeli occupation are fragile over Moscow's alliance with Damascus, as "Tel Aviv" has been launching airstrikes on Syria for years.
The Israeli Ynet news site said the Israeli occupation was contacting the United States regarding the Ukraine crisis, and Washington is constantly briefing "Tel Aviv" on all developments, especially after the latest talks between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.