Ukrainian PM to Visit Jerusalem Months After Voting for UN Anti-Israel Resolution

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman attends a parliamentary session in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the leaders of the Maidan protests, announced Sunday that he would submit his resignation to parliament on Tuesday. This cleared the way for the parliament speaker, Volodymyr Groysman, to …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is scheduled to visit Israel in mid-May, a sign that Israel’s anger over Ukraine’s support for UN Security Council Resolution 2443 has subsided.

Ukraine was among 14 countries that voted for the anti-settlement resolution in December, in the waning days of former US president Barack Obama’s term. The Americans enabled the passage of the resolution by abstaining on the vote, rather than vetoing it.

Immediately after the vote, Israel canceled a planned visit a couple of days later by Groysman, that country’s first Jewish premier. Ukraine fired back at the cancellation by calling in Israel’s ambassador to Kiev for clarifications. It issued a statement saying that it was disappointed at the “emotional reaction of some Israeli officials and politicians” following the passage of the resolution.

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