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Kyiv to drop free-visa w Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday June 26, 2022
I've Been Thinking:

Ukriane is extremely unhappy with Israel.

So much so, that Kyiv is considering suspending its visa-free agreement with Israel.  They are peeved about Israel's policy on Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainian ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk told Israeli Russian-language news Detaly that Israel is not playing fair.  This is what he said:

"Russian citizens enter Israel without restrictions, Belarusian citizens as well, and Ukrainian citizens have invented electronic visas. "Neither I nor my management can help but take it painfully."

"We are now considering whether to suspend the visa-free regime for Israelis in response. It will be imperceptible now, but before Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli government will feel it."

The ambassador was referring to the pilgrimage of religious Jews who flock to Uman during the High Holy Days.

All the way back in March Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief-of-Staff Andriy Yermak made the same threat.  He called the electronic permit system "an unfriendly step for the citizens of Ukraine."

Korniychuk also expressed disappointment with Israel's stance on the Russian invasion, saying Ukraine "expects [any form of] help from our partners... but do not sit on the shore waiting for someone to start winning."

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29 June 2022 11:38 PM in Thoughts

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