Russian ambassador, Levy discuss Zelensky address to Knesset

In the meeting, Viktorov explained to Levy Russia's position on the war and about Zelensky in particular.

Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov. (photo credit: RUSSIAN EMBASSY)
Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov.
(photo credit: RUSSIAN EMBASSY)

Russia’s ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, expressed dissatisfaction with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy’s agreement to facilitate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking to Knesset members.

In their meeting on Wednesday, Viktorov did not request from Levy the cancellation of Zelensky’s speech, nor ask for an invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin or another senior Russian figure to address the Knesset. However, he did offer to have members of the Russian parliament brief the MKs about Russia’s side.

Viktorov explained to Levy Russia’s position on the war, and about Zelensky in particular.

 The Russian embassy said "Viktorov informed Levy about the main reasons and goals of the special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, protect the people of Donbas as well as the Russian Federation from a military threat."

"The Russian side emphasized the importance of continuing the coordinated work of Russia and Israel to counter any attempts to revise the history of World War II, glorify Nazism and deny the Holocaust," the embassy said.

Zelensky’s address, set for 6 p.m. on Sunday via videoconferencing, is restricted to government ministers and Knesset members. They will not be allowed to ask questions or respond, even if they speak Ukrainian or Russian.

“The Russian ambassador asked to keep details of the meeting discreet and we obliged,” a spokesman for the speaker said after the meeting.