JERUSALEM, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko made a secret visit to Israel over the weekend and held meetings with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.
Lieberman made a public statement following the meeting in which he called for the normalization of relations between the Ukraine and Russia.
"Normalization of relations between the two fraternal nations, between the neighbors, is our (Israel's) priority," Lieberman said, adding "I would like to promote the soonest normalization of relations between Ukraine and Russia."
The Foreign Minister declined to give any further information regarding the details of the meeting.
Petro Poroshenko, former Ukrainian foreign minister and chocolate baron now, has become the leading candidate for the Ukrainian Presidency.
Israel currently takes no official stance regarding the uprising in the Ukraine or the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which was deemed as a measure to remain in good contacts with both the west and Russia.