Rescue services

Israel agrees to provide helmets and vests to Ukrainian rescue services

Israel’s defense minister on Wednesday authorized the supply of helmets and vests to Ukrainian rescue services after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, an official Israeli statement said, signaling a change in Israel’s stance on the supply. such equipment.

“In light of the request made by the Ukrainian side, Israel will provide protective equipment for the needs of Ukrainian rescue workers and emergency services,” said a statement in English from the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel, making echo a statement by an Israeli official. Mediator in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis, Israel condemned the Russian invasion but limited itself to humanitarian aid. He has been wary of strained relations with Moscow, a power broker in neighboring Syria where Israel coordinates strikes against Iranian deployments.

Israeli and Ukrainian officials stressed that the shipment was intended for rescue services and civilian organizations. Ukraine has previously expressed frustration over Israel’s refusal to provide what it sees as defensive aid against Russia. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says Israel’s ‘measured and responsible approach’ allows it to be ‘a credible player, one of the few who can communicate directly with both sides and provide assistance when needed’ .

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