Lindsey Graham
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) commented on Monday on new Foreign Minister Eli Cohen’s first speech, in which Cohen indicated that he will have a different approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict than the previous government.

"On the issue of Russia and Ukraine, we will do one thing for sure - publicly - we will talk less. We will prepare a detailed reference from the Foreign Ministry to the Cabinet in order to formulate a responsible policy. In any case - the significant humanitarian aid to Ukraine - will continue," said Cohen.

The Foreign Minister also said he intends to speak with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Tuesday.

Responding to Cohen’s comments in a post on Twitter later on Monday, Graham wrote, “I’m glad to see Mr. Cohen, the new Israeli foreign minister, is prioritizing the US-Israel strategic relationship and supports continued humanitarian aid to Ukraine.”

“However, the idea that Israel should speak less about Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine is a bit unnerving,” he added.

“I hope Mr. Cohen understands that when he speaks to Russia’s Lavrov, he’s speaking to a representative of a war criminal regime that commits war crimes on an industrial scale every day,” continued Graham.

“To stay quiet about Russia’s criminal behavior will not age well,” he concluded.

Israel has delivered several tons of humanitarian assistance and defensive equipment to Ukraine during the war, but has stopped short of selling advanced weapons to Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was critical of the previous government due to this refusal, having recently denounced the lack of aid from Israel during the war with Russia, saying his country got “nothing” from Israel.

Later, Zelenskyy claimed that Israel's refusal to provide military aid to Ukraine in response to Russia's invasion of his country caused the current military alliance between Russia and Iran.

He later reversed course and said he sees a "positive trend" in Kyiv's relations with Israel after the two countries shared intelligence about Russia's purported use of hundreds of Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy recently urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to do everything in his power to save as many Ukrainians as possible.