Russia's anti-Semitism is becoming increasingly obvious, said Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak, responding to a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which the latter compared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Hitler.
"Russia's anti-Semitism is becoming more and more obvious. They are no longer hiding and openly show it to the world. First they hit the territory where the Babi Yar memorial is located with rockets. Now Russian Foreign Minister Sergiy Lavrov compares Vladimir Zelensky to Hitler, who murdered 6 million Jews. For, according to Lavrov, "the most ardent anti-Semites, as a rule, are Jews"." - wrote Yermak in Telegram.
The OP head stressed that "this is how Russia tries to explain its nonsense about 'denazification,' actually questioning the existence of not only the Ukrainian nation anymore, but also the Holocaust."
"This is caveman anti-Semitism, covering up the conspiracy theories on which dictatorial regimes are always built. I express my full solidarity with the Jewish people. Such unconcealed aggression of Russians and disrespect for the historical memory of entire peoples should not go unanswered," stressed Yermak.
During an interview to the Mediaset television company Sergey Lavrov called the Jews "the greatest anti-Semites" and stated that Hitler had Jewish blood.
Israel is outraged by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's statements on Italian television. The head of the Russian diplomacy was asked to explain how Russia's accusations of Nazism against Ukraine were connected to the fact that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is a Jew. Lavrov responded that "this means absolutely nothing," and "the wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador because of Lavrov's words. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called the remarks of his Russian colleague "inexcusable and outrageous", describing them as "a terrible historical mistake".