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Israeli foreign minister condemns Russian attack on Ukraine

Jerusalem has been careful not to criticize Moscow publicly over Ukraine, but Foreign Minister Yair Lapid adopted a much harsher tone at a press conference today.
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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned Russian aggression toward Ukraine this morning, the first time that the Israeli leadership has done so publicly. Israel reportedly did not notify Russia ahead of the condemnation. Speaking at a brief press conference, Lapid criticized the “Russian attack on Ukraine” as “a serious violation of the international order." He said, "Israel condemns that attack and is ready and prepared to offer humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian citizens.”

According to Lapid, “Israel is a country that has experienced wars, and war is not the way to resolve conflicts. The first hours and days of any war are also the last time you can still stop and return to the negotiating table, mediated by world powers, to settle disputes peacefully.” Lapid also noted that Israel maintains “deep, long-lasting and good relations with Russia and Ukraine.”

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