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Israel abandons drones supplies to Ukraine after Putin’s call

Israel changed its mind regarding supplying drones to Ukraine after the telephone conversation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to a senior Israeli official, the deal for the supply of unmanned aerial vehicles to Ukraine was abolished as it did not get the approval of the Israeli government, Joinfo.ua reports.

It should be recalled that in October last year, staying with a visit to Israel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that his country was interested in importing drones, which were necessary for monitoring of the ceasefire in the Donbas within the Minsk Agreement.

At the same time, the local media reported on the readiness of Israel Aerospace Industries, the largest manufacturer of drones in Israel, to supply drones to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, neither Netanyahu nor the Defense Ministry of Israel commented on the refusal to supply Ukraine with drones after conversation between the Russian president and the prime minister of Israel. Dmitry Peskov, the press spokesman for the Russian president, remains silent too.

Earlier, Putin called the decision of the Israeli authorities to arm Ukraine in response to the delivery of Russian S-300 systems to Iran as counterproductive.