Russia said to warn Israel not to be ‘unbalanced’ ahead of Zelensky Knesset speech

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Russia said to warn Israel not to be ‘unbalanced’ ahead of Zelensky Knesset speech
Moscow says Israel needs to remain ‘neutral’; Opposition leader Netanyahu, considered close to Putin, will ‘definitely’ attend Sunday’s Zoom address by Ukraine’s president
By TOI staff

Russia has issued Israel a warning not to become too “unbalanced” as it seeks to walk a fine line between Moscow and Kyiv, saying that too much support for Ukraine could see Israel lose its ability to mediate the conflict, Channel 12 reported Friday. The warning was reportedly conveyed by Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov during a meeting Wednesday with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy ahead of a live video address that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver to Israeli lawmakers on Sunday.

Viktorov asked Levy to allow Russian lawmakers to brief their Israeli counterparts before Zelensky’s speech — a request to which Levy apparently did not accede. Channel 12 reported that during the “tense” meeting, Viktorov also warned Israel that “a mediator needs to be careful not to become unbalanced.” Channel 12 said Russia was waving a “red flag” in front of Israel, telling Jerusalem not to take additional steps that could jeopardize Israel’s standing as a credible, “neutral” intermediary between the two sides.

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