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Ukraine summons Israeli ambassador after UN controversy

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM



Israel said its ambassador to Ukraine has been summoned by the foreign ministry in Kiev following Israel's decision to cancel a planned visit by the Ukrainian prime minister.

Israel over the weekend called off the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman after Ukraine voted in favour of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in occupied lands.

It was one of a number of steps Israel has taken in response to the measure, which passed 14-0 with an American abstention. On Sunday, Israel summoned ambassadors from council members, including the US, to protest.

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Eli Belotsercovsky, the ambassador to Ukraine, was summoned on Monday in Kiev "following Israel's decision regarding the visit of Ukraine's prime minister".