Netanyahu Scheduled to Visit Kyiv
The visit will be the Israeli Prime Minister's first in 20 years
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit to Ukraine next week. The trip, scheduled for August 18-19, will be Netanyahu’s first visit to Kyiv in 20 years.
Netanyahu will also become the first world leader to meet with Ukraine’s new President, Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, reports the Jewish Press.
An agenda has not yet been released for the visit. However, Zelensky recently signed into law the free trade agreement that was negotiated by previous president Petro Poroshenko and his team so trade will most likely be discussed.
Russian aggression in Donbas as well as the occupation in Crimea will also most likely discussed. Netanyahu was asked last month by Israeli journalist Shimon Briman whether he is ready to act as mediator between Ukraine’s Zelensky and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a “special relationship.”
“We are asked this question from many countries,” Netanyahu replied, but emphasized that he is in “no hurry to do this.”
“First, I cannot say that I know their problems well enough, and there are enough problems we have here [in Israel]. Secondly, if I go into this, I may create expectations [on both sides] that I cannot fulfill. So until now, I have politely refused such offers, but since you asked, I will check this option again,” the Jewish Press quotes Netanyahu as saying.