Published on 16 September 2014, by M. Tomazy.
Reports indicate weapons shipment including drones was approved by Defense Ministry, nixed by Foreign Ministry. According to Arutz Sheva
|Defense Minister Ya'alon, Foreign Minister Liberman (Arutz Sheva)|
A Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware including drones to use against pro-Russian separatists, said the report on Channel Two television.
It was not reported when the visit took place, or when the decision to turn down the request was taken.
According to the report, the Defense Ministry had given the green light for the sale of pilotless aircraft produced by the company Aeronautics to Ukraine, but the foreign ministry then vetoed the sale.
The ministry apparently concluded that the sale risked causing anger in Russia and could provoke Moscow to sell more arms to Syria and Iran, both of which pose a direct security threat to Israel.