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US ‘surprised’ Israel did not support UN vote on Ukraine’s territorial integrity
State Department spokesperson denies US is infuriated over Israel’s lack of position on Russia-Ukraine crisis; Ukrainian troops disembark from helicopters in eastern Ukraine in special operation against pro-Russia separatists.
Amidst one of the deepest East-West crises since the Cold War over Russia and the Ukraine, the US expressed surprise that Israel did not support last month’s UN vote on Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
On Tuesday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia is deeply involved in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings.
A day earlier, in Washington, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the US was “surprised” that Israel did not support a UN vote in March following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Psaki was responding to a question regarding a recent report in the Israeli media that the US was infuriated with Israel because of its lack of a position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. She said this was not how the US would characterize its reaction to Israel on this issue.
“We were surprised that Israel did not join the vast majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the United Nations,” Psaki said.
Psaki said the US did not view the issue as a “major concern,” and she said that she also understood that at the time of the UN General Assembly vote, Israel’s Foreign Ministry was on strike.
Israel did not show up for the vote on March 27 in which a majority of UN member states called on all states and international organizations not to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The vote passed in the 193 member UN General Assembly with 100 in favor, 11 against, and 58 abstentions. Israel did not show up for the vote.
Ukrainian troops disembark from helicopters in Kramatorsk
Ukrainian troops disembarked from at least two helicopters at an airfield on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said.