Israeli President Shimon Peres has said that his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych is a head of state, who creates a new future for Ukraine.

"Since this is a historic visit, we welcome you as a person who creates a new future for a new Ukraine, as a president elected by the people, the one, who is trying to build bridges between East and West," the Israeli president said receiving his Ukrainian counterpart in Jerusalem on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Peres said that Israel views Yanukovych as the president who does not build the wall, but builds the connection between the Eastern and Western Europe.

Yanukovych is on a state visit to Israel from November 30 to December 1.

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