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Ukraine summons Israeli ambassador after UN controversy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 26/12/2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, arrives for a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP) © The Associated Press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, arrives for a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP)

JERUSALEM — Israel says its ambassador to Ukraine has been summoned by the foreign ministry in Kiev following Israel's decision to cancel a planned visit by the Ukrainian prime minister.

Israel over the weekend called off the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman after Ukraine voted in favor of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in occupied lands.

It was one of a number of steps Israel has taken in response to the measure, which passed 14-0 with an American abstention. On Sunday, Israel summoned ambassadors from council members, including the U.S., to protest.

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Eli Belotsercovsky, the ambassador to Ukraine, was summoned Monday in Kiev "following Israel's decision regarding the visit of Ukraine's prime minister."

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