The Soviet Union has canceled a visit to Israel by a consular level delegation, Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Petrovsky reportedly told a press conference in Kuwait Sunday. He also ruled out re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel, broken by Moscow in 1967.
Petrovsky said the consular mission was to have discussed Soviet property in Israel and related matters but “We have decided to cancel the visit” because Israel made propaganda use of it.
He said there would be no resumption of diplomatic ties “until Israel announces its withdrawal from all occupied Arab countries and announces its agreement to an international peace conference.”
(Reports from Jerusalem Monday said Israel had no knowledge that the consular visit was canceled.)
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