29 Oct 2022 11:26 am
The Russian ambassador in Tel Aviv described Israeli-Russian relations as “friendly” but warned that a decision by Israel to arm Ukraine would be considered “unfriendly” by Moscow.
Russian Ambassador to Tel Aviv Anatoly Viktorov on Thursday tried to allay growing Israeli concerns about Moscow’s cooperation with Tehran following the alleged acquisition and use of Iranian drones in Ukraine.
“Russia is not playing against Israel, and I would like to confirm that we fully take into account Israel’s legitimate security concerns,” Viktorov said when asked about the Iranian-made drones in an interview with Kan News. Both Russia and Iran have denied the use of Iranian drones in Ukraine. However, Israel, the US and Ukraine have claimed that they have “enough evidence” of their use in Ukraine.
Asked whether Israel feared Moscow would help Iran acquire a “nuclear weapon,” as Ukraine’s President Zelensky recently claimed, the Russian envoy replied that Zelensky was saying “a lot of ridiculous things,” with Viktorov denying the accusation. In a recent interview, the Ukrainian President again asked Israel for the delivery of weapons and warned the Jewish state against military cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.
Viktorov described Israeli-Russian relations as “friendly” but warned that an Israeli decision to arm Ukraine would be considered “unfriendly” by Moscow.
Ambassador Viktorov noted that Israel would keep Russia informed before announcing new policies related to the war in Ukraine, but declined to give further details.
When asked about Moscow’s efforts to shut down the Jewish Agency in Russia, Viktorov called the process “a purely legal matter.” The Russian government had informed the Jewish Agency for Israel (Jewish Agency) in a letter in June that its activities in the country violated Russian law and should therefore be halted. Russia accused the organization of collecting illegal information about Russian citizens.
When asked about the safety of Russia’s Jewish citizens, the Russian diplomat said: “For the Jewish citizens of the Russian Federation, there is nothing to fear. There is no rise in anti-Semitism. There are no restrictions on their rights.”
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