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Ukraine’s FM: El Al immorally taking Russian money ‘soaked in Ukrainian blood’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, pictured at the Ukrainian-Polish border crossing in Korczowa, Poland on March 5, 2022. (OLIVIER DOULIERY / Pool / AFP)
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, pictured at the Ukrainian-Polish border crossing in Korczowa, Poland on March 5, 2022. (OLIVIER DOULIERY / Pool / AFP)

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba blasts Israeli national airline El Al for accepting payments on its website from Russia’s Mir electronic fund transfer system, calling it “money soaked in Ukrainian blood.”

“While the world sanctions Russia for its barbaric atrocities in Ukraine, some prefer to make money soaked in Ukrainian blood,” Kuleba tweets.

“Here is @EL_AL_ISRAEL accepting payments in Russian banking system ‘Mir’ designed to evade sanctions.”

Kuleba adds that the move is “immoral and a blow to Ukrainian-Israeli relations.”

 

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