Israeli pride – Ukrainian weekly Focus, considered one of the country's leading publications, saluted Israel's Ambassador to Kiev Zina Kalay Kleitman, ranking her on the annual list of 10 most influential foreign women in eastern Europe.
Despite the many accolades she received for cancelling the need for entry visas between the two countries, Kalay Kleitman was included on the prestigious list mainly due to her "contribution in the extradition of many Ukrainian fugitives currently staying in the Holy Land," read the magazine.
However, in a conversation with Ynet, the ambassador – who will be ending her four-year term in the upcoming summer, fervently denied the claims.
"I am not responsible for this subject, and I do not know if we have anyone to extradite," she said. "This issue is dealt with by a professional echelon; definitely not by me or the Foreign Ministry," she added.
As for her inclusion in the list, Kalay Kleitman said "I see it as homage. I contributed just as any other ambassador or diplomat. I am very happy that the visa cancellation agreement was signed during my tenor," she said.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yossi Levi also lauded the ambassador's achievements, stating that the ministry "is very proud of our ambassador in Kiev, which goes to show that a good ambassador can leave their signature on the social and cultural life of the country in which they serve."
President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are scheduled to visit the Ukraine on Tuesday and meet with government officials including President Viktor Yanukovych.
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