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Israeli Government Remains Silent on Crimea Vote

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Defaced synagogue in Simferopol. Photo: Tazpit News Agency.

Times of Israel – While the United States and the European Union have vocally condemned Sunday’s referendum in Crimea, during which the residents of the Ukrainian peninsula overwhelmingly voted in favor of joining Russia, Israel is maintaining official radio silence on the matter.

The Foreign Ministry refused comment, citing current labor sanctions. The office of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Prime Minister’s Office have so far likewise failed to respond to queries on the issue. Aides of International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz refused to comment on the referendum as well.

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