Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Ukraine on Sunday for a two-day trip and is planning to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and take part in a memorial ceremony at the Babi Yar, where more than tens of thousands of Jews were murdered during WWII.
Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Kiev in 20 years.
Reports suggest that Netanyahu may seek to mediate between Moscow and Kiev, as Israel maintains good relations with both countries.
Haaretz reported on Sunday, quoting unnamed political sources, that the visit, coming one month before the electoin, is meant to gain favor with Russian speaking Israeli voters. Many voters from Russian speaking countries vote for Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and Netanyahu’s Likud is likely trying to steal voters away from the party. Sources close to the prime minister denied the claim, the report stated.
In January, the two countries signed a free trade agreement.