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Russian Foreign Ministry defends Lavrov’s remarks about Hitler

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The Russian Foreign Ministry this week defended Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov against Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in a diplomatic row over Lavrov’s comments when he said “Adolf Hitler had Jewish blood “.

Speaking to the Italian news channel Blank Zone, Lavrov had tried to defend the Russian representation of Ukraine as a Nazi state. When asked how a Nazi state could be run by a Jewish president like Volodymyr Zelensky, he replied, “What if Zelensky was Jewish? Hitler had Jewish blood.

The Russian Foreign Minister also claimed that “the greatest anti-Semites are the Jews”.

Lapid immediately condemned the remarks: “Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error,” Lapid said Monday. He also said the Israeli Foreign Ministry had summoned the Russian ambassador to “clarify” the remarks.

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Russian ministry retaliated with a tweet: “Pay attention to the anti-Russian announcements by the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Yair Lapid which largely explains the policy of the current Israeli government in support of the neo-Nazi regime in kyiv.

For Ukraine, Lavrov’s remarks represented a propaganda stunt.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “FM Lavrov couldn’t help hiding the deep-rooted anti-Semitism of Russian elites. His hateful remarks are offensive to President @ZelenskyyUa, Ukraine, Israel and the Jewish people. More broadly, they demonstrate that today’s Russia is full of hatred towards other nations.