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Ukraine diplomat says Zelensky visit now up in the air after leak to Israeli TV

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky talks during a joint press conference with Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (not pictured) in Brussels on October 11, 2023. (YVES HERMAN / POOL/AFP)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky talks during a joint press conference with Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (not pictured) in Brussels on October 11, 2023. (YVES HERMAN / POOL/AFP)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was indeed planning to come to Israel next week, but the trip is now up in the air because of a leak to Israel’s Channel 12 news, a Ukrainian diplomat tells The Times of Israel.

“He wanted the trip to be public when he stepped on Israeli soil,” says the diplomat. “He’s very disappointed.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Zelensky have not visited each others’ countries since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia. But with Moscow hosting Hamas officials and introducing resolutions against Israel at the UN, Jerusalem might be looking to move the dial closer to Kyiv.

Zelensky and Netanyahu held a warm meeting in New York in September.

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