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Russian deputy FM: Moscow disappointed by Israeli officials’ ‘anti-Russian’ comments

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. (Video screenshot)
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. (Video screenshot)

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov says that Moscow was “a little disappointed” by recent “anti-Russian” statements by Israeli officials.

“Of course, we were a little disappointed in such anti-Russian statements by a number of responsible persons in Israel, because this does not correspond to the nature of the traditionally friendly relations that we have been building for 30 years since the late 80s,” says Bogdanov in response to a question from the TASS Russian news agency.

The minister makes his comments on the sidelines of the “Russia – Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022” in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

Bogdanov adds that he expects Israel “to take a more balanced and objective position” on the war in Ukraine, according to TASS.

He also stresses that Russia cherishes the special nature of relations with Israel, especially around the memory of World War II.

“In this regard, we have common positions, and we celebrate Victory Day on May 9, unlike many Western countries.”

Russia’s embassy in Tel Aviv declines to comment.

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