The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a telephone conversation, during which they discussed deepening cooperation between the two countries.
"Within the framework of strengthening the friendship and partnership between the people of Ukraine and Israel, an agreement was reached for the Prime Minister of Ukraine to visit Israel," the Ukrainian President's press service stated. It was also reported that Poroshenko and Netanyahu "pointed out the need for the intensification of the economic cooperation between Ukraine and Israel and agreed to take steps to complete the process of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement."
The two leaders also agreed to pursue mutual support within international organizations on the basis of common interests, taking into account Ukraine’s membership in the UN Security Council.
At the end of December 2016, the visit of the Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, to Israel was canceled.
According to media reports, this happened due to the fact that Ukraine supported in the UN Security Council, the resolution that demanded the end of the construction of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories.
Netanyahu also forbade the Israeli Ministers to have any contact with Ukraine for three weeks.