The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Israel of backing the “neo-Nazi regime in Kiev”, deepening controversy over the weekend over Adolf Hitler’s Jewish origins. The controversy could alienate the Russian-Israeli government, which has maintained friendship even after the occupation of Ukraine.
That started the controversy Statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov He said in an interview on Sunday that Hitler had “Jewish blood.” Lavrov justified the Kremlin’s repeated accusations that the Ukrainian government was neo-Nazi, despite the fact that President Volodymyr Zelensky had Jewish ancestry and ancestors who died during the Holocaust.
The Russian diplomat’s statements were strongly condemned by the Israeli government, especially Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who described them as “unforgivable.” A summons was issued to the Russian ambassador to the country to comment on the case.
This Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry again raised the issue and issued a statement attacking Lapit’s positions, specifically that the Israeli minister says “Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust”, which is considered “historic by Moscow”. .
The ministry statement goes on to say that Lapid’s statements “explain why the current Israeli government supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev.”
Since the invasion began in February, One of the justifications given by the Kremlin was the accusation that Ukraine was ruled by a neo-Nazi-inspired regime. Is backed by NATO, and is responsible for the genocide against Russian-speaking people in the east of the country – which has never been proven independently.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said, “Anti-Semitism has not stopped in everyday life and politics, but is being promoted in Ukraine.”
Mikhail Podoliyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, took to Twitter to question whether there was a non-Nazi country in the world “in Russia’s view, other than Syria, Belarus and Eritrea.”
Despite Israel’s condemnation of the Kremlin’s invasion and Russia’s accusations of war crimes in Ukraine, the government’s position is to support a specific diplomatic balance that does not jeopardize good relations with Moscow. For example, Israel has not used sanctions against the Russian regime and has provided very little military support to Ukraine.
Diary Harretz The Israeli government said on Tuesday that it was considering increasing military aid to Ukraine, although it continued to refrain from sending offensive weapons or anti-aircraft security forces.
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