Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called out Israel for its neutrality in the Ukraine war saying that the Israeli leader’s choice to not assist Kyiv has motivated Russia’s military partnership with Iran.
Zelensky called out Israel by stating, “Is it [Israel] with the democratic world, which is fighting side by side against the existential threat to its existence? Or with those who turn a blind eye to Russian terror, even when the cost of continued terror is the destruction of global security?”
While talking to Haaretz, Zelensky stated that If Israel had agreed to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend against Russian attacks using Iranian Shahed-136 drones, Moscow and Tehran would not have collaborated.
“This alliance of theirs simply would not have happened if your politicians had made only one decision at the time… it seems that it was adopted a long time ago – in 2014 when Russia began its aggression against Ukraine,” he stated while referring to Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The comments came after the 19 October announcement of an agreement between Russia and Iran according to which Iran will provide Russia with more surface-to-surface missiles and drones to counter Ukraine.
Earlier on Monday last week, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz notified his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksiy Reznikov, that Israel will not provide weapon systems to Ukraine.