Russian Foreign Minister Reprimanded by Israel

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has turned heads and faced reprimand from Israel.

Upon being asked why Russia had said it needed to “denazify” Ukraine, despite the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, being Jewish, Lavrov responded by saying that Hitler had Jewish origins himself, so “[Zelenskyy being Jewish] means absolutely nothing.”

He said, “The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.”

Ukraine, Israel, and Germany quickly refuted Lavrov. Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted that Lavrov’s comments are “the evidence of Russia being a successor to Nazi ideology” and that “Moscow is simply looking for arguments to justify the mass murders of Ukrainians.” Israel’s Foreign Minister also responded, “To say that Hitler was of Jewish origin is like saying that Jews killed themselves, and we cannot forgive such a comparison.” After, he seemed to defend Ukraine, “Ukrainians were not Nazis. Only the Nazis were Nazis…” A German spokesperson went on to call Lavrov’s claims “absurd,” and Felix Klein, Germany’s Commissioner for Jewish Life, said Lavrov’s statements “shamelessly confront not only Jews but the entire international public with open anti-Semitism.”

There has been no reply from Russia or Lavrov, neither towards Ukraine, Israel, or Germany.