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Israel, Ukraine Reaffirm Ties Despite UN Anti-Settlement Resolution

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (pictured), effectively burying the hatchet after a crisis in bilateral relations due to Kiev’s support for a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of the settlement enterprise.

“The two leaders agreed to resume their efforts to further strengthen the friendship between Israel and Ukraine,” a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office read. Among other things, Netanyahu and Poroshenko discussed rescheduling the cancelled visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to Israel.

Groysman, who became Ukraine’s first Jewish prime minister last year, was scheduled to arrive in Israel for a two-day visit days after Ukraine voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in late December. The meeting would have included meetings with Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and other top officials, but Jerusalem disinvited Groysman to protest Kiev’s support for the resolution, which Israel denounced as “shameful.”

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