Zelenksy to press Netanyahu on missile defense

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

NEW YORK — Diplomatic sources tell The Times of Israel that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will focus on missile defense during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later today.

“There are only 5 countries producing effective missile defense and Israel is one,” says a Ukrainian official.

Ukraine also believes that Netanyahu will use the meeting as an excuse not to  accept Zelensky’s invitation to visit Kyiv.

“Netanyahu is the only leader from a friendly state who has not visited during the war,” says the official.

Kyiv is still hopeful that President Isaac Herzog or Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana will visit.

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