Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for the earliest normalisation of relations between Russia and Ukraine.
"Normalisation of relations between the two fraternal nations, between the neighbours is our (Israel's) priority," Lieberman said, commenting on the results of his meeting in Jerusalem on Monday with Ukrainian presidential candidate Pyotr Poroshenko.
The minister's comments were made public by the press service of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, headed by Lieberman.
"I would like to promote the earliest normalisation of relations between Ukraine and Russia," the Israeli foreign minister continued. "Both states are very friendly towards Israel, and I wish both nations to return to co-operation as soon as possible, to normal brotherly relations," he added.
"The former USSR territory is still undergoing complex processes, but practice has shown that common sense and a responsible approach always prevail," the Israeli foreign minister said. "We have seen as Russia and Georgia quarrelled, however, several years have passed and the relations have improved." "I hope that Russia and Ukraine will also soon normalise relations," said Lieberman, stressing that it is "in the interests of the whole world."
Touching upon the Ukrainian presidential election, Lieberman expressed the hope that "it will be held in a calm and civilised atmosphere." The minister, however, declined to comment on the details of his conversation with Poroshenko. "Our conversation was... held tete-a-tete, so I don't want to go into details," the minister said.