Russia warns Israel against supplying protective gear to Ukraine

Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister. (Photo: US Embassy Jerusalem, via Wikimedia Commons)

Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov warned on Thursday that Moscow would react “accordingly” if Tel Aviv provided Kyiv with protective equipment, Israeli media reported.

“We are carefully checking this information and will respond accordingly if confirmed,” Viktorov told Russian state television.

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted political sources in Tel Aviv as saying that Israeli security and military circles fear Russian reactions in Syria that affect coordination and cooperation between the two countries and hamper Israeli operations there. war-torn.

On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that Israel would supply Ukraine with helmets and body armor.

“Gantz has approved the purchase of protective equipment … which will be transferred to Ukrainian rescue forces and civilian organizations,” his office said in a statement.

It came days after Russia summoned Israel’s ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Ben Zvi, to rebuke him after Israel backed Moscow’s suspension of the UN Human Rights Council. UN for its invasion of Ukraine.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it condemned “Israel’s illegal occupation and creeping annexation of Palestinian territories”.

(MEMO, PC, social media)

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