Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin and will not interfere with the war in Ukraine as Israel has plenty of its own problems.
Benjamin Netanyahu
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

"We are colleagues, respect one another and speak openly to each other," Netanyahu said in an interview with the Lithuanian national broadcaster LRT's Dienos Tema (The Theme of the Day) program, aired on Monday.

Th Israeli prime minister said he asked the Russian leader "to get Iran out of Syria" due to Teheran's threat to Israel.

Asked by the journalist whether he could also ask Russia to withdraw its army from Ukraine, Netanyahu said: "You know, I have enough politics on my plate".

"We deal with Russia on the matters that pertain to us. We are an important country, a strong country but we limit our discussions to our immediate neighborhood. I don't want to create a misunderstanding, to give false appearances," the Israeli prime minister said.

During his visit to Lithuania last week, Netanyahu asked the Baltic leaders to convince the European Union step up pressure on Iran and follow in the steps of the United States and renew sanctions on Teheran over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu says Iran's overall threat let Israel to normalize relations with Arab countries, and that can assist in securing peace with the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian officials say they want Israel to better understand the Baltic states' concerns regarding Russia. Israel has not joined the EU, the US and other Western countries which imposed sanctions on Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine.

On May 9 this year, the Israeli prime minister attended the WWII victory commemoration in Russia and even wore a St George's Ribbon. Critics say this symbol should not be used as this ribbon has become a symbol of Russian imperialism and pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Three Seas Initiative summit approves projects of importance to Lithuania

Several projects that are important for Lithuania, such as the Baltic power grids' synchronization...

Caritas appeals to Lithuanians to help flood-hit India

Caritas of Vilnius Archdiocese has launched a campaign to collect donations for flood-ravaged India.

Walmart pledges to stop selling Soviet-symbol T-shirts after Lithuania's criticism

US retail giant Walmart has pledged to remove T-shirts with Soviet symbols from sale in response to...

Lithuanian energy minister off to Japan to discuss renewable energy, Ignalina closure

Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas in on Tuesday leaving for Japan to discuss...

Lithuania won't appeal EU commission's decision in Gazprom probe

Lithuania will not appeal against the European Commission 's decision regarding its anti-trust...