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Ebon Confirms That Soviet Union Warned Israel After Soviet Ship Hit in Bombing Raid

Foreign Minister Abba Eban confirmed in the Knesset last night that the Soviet Union conveyed a warning to Israel following a bombing raid several months ago in which a Soviet ship anchored at an Egyptian port was hit by shrapnel. Mr. Eban did not disclose through what channels the Russian warning was transmitted. Israel has had no diplomatic relations or direct communications with Moscow since the June, 1967 war. Discussing another matter, Mr. Eban told the Knesset that the initiative for establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain rests solely with the Spanish government. He said recent statements by Foreign Minister Lopez Bravo in Madrid indicated a willingness to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. On the other hand, the Spanish diplomat made a statement with opposite implications when he visited Cairo recently, Mr. Eban said.