Ukraine recognizes Israel and Palestine, seeks to end conflict, says Ukrainian President

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit

Kyiv recognizes both Israel and Palestine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual Asian security summit focused on the Pacific region in Singapore, and called for an end to the conflict in Gaza, Ukrinform reported on June 2.

Ukraine is a just country that respects international law and the UN Charter.

“Ukraine said that if Hamas terrorists attacked civilians on the first day of the attack on Israeli civilians, Israel has the right to defend itself,” he said.

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“And after that, when Israel was in Gaza and there was a humanitarian crisis, Ukraine said: First, we are ready to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza; second, we must respect international law; third, Ukraine recognizes two states, both Israel and Palestine, and will do everything to make Israel stop, to end this conflict, and to prevent civilians from suffering.”

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Zelenskyy also stressed the need to distinguish between the two periods and “not to mix them into one.”

Earlier in the day, he met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the summit to discuss Ukraine's immediate defense needs, enhancement of its air defense systems, cooperation within the F-16 coalition, and the drafting of a new bilateral security agreement.

The Ukrainian President arrived in Singapore on June 1, where he is scheduled to meet with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, as well as East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta.

Zelenskyy arrived in Singapore from Sweden, where he attended the third Ukraine-Northern Europe Summit and signed a bilateral security agreement with Norway.

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