(February 27, 2022 / JNS) Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announcement on Saturday that he had instructed Ambassador-designate to Poland Yacov Livne to leave for Warsaw earlier than planned.
“I made the decision…in order to improve assistance to Israeli citizens crossing the Ukraine-Poland border and in view of the significance of the events and the central role Poland is playing in them,” wrote Lapid on Twitter.
“Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, the Israeli Embassy in Warsaw, headed by Chargé d’Affaires Tal [Ben-Ari] Ya’alon, has worked in fruitful cooperation with the Polish authorities with the aim of helping Israelis leave Ukraine, and we would like to express our gratitude to the Polish authorities for this assistance,” he said. noted.
“Dr. Livne should leave for Warsaw [on Sunday] morning and submit his credentials in the near future,” Lapid continued. “The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alon Ushpiz, and I thank … Ya’alon for his work and his leadership.”
Earlier Saturday, Lapid revealed that he had “ordered the staff of the Israeli embassy located in the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, to move its operations to the Polish side of the border”.
He clarifiedhowever, that staff “will cross the border into Ukraine every day in order to continue their diplomatic work and assist Israeli citizens to leave Ukraine.”
The move follows rising diplomatic tensions between Jerusalem and Warsaw, most recently over a Polish restitution law that limited property claims by Holocaust survivors.