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Contrary to Russia’s interests, Israel considers the closure of the Jewish Agency “serious”.

For its part, the Kremlin justifies its decision to close the agency as a way to “respect Russian law.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday that the possible closure of the Jewish branch in Moscow would be a “serious event” that could affect relations between the two countries.

Moscow’s willingness to shut down the quasi-governmental agency responsible for Jewish immigration, citing violations of the law, has drawn sharp criticism in Israel, which sees it as a reaction to the new Israeli government’s stance against the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

For its part, the Kremlin is justifying its decision to close the agency as “a way to respect Russian law.”

Vowing to “act through diplomatic channels” to allow the organization to continue its work, Lapid announced on Sunday that he would send an Israeli delegation once Russia approved the talks.

Lapid added that he would do everything to advance the dialogue on the issue, stressing that “relations with Russia were important for Israel.”

The Jewish Agency, established in 1929, is mainly engaged in organizing the emigration of people of Jewish origin.

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