Russian Foreign Minister says some of the worst antisemites were Jewish

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Zelensky’s Jewish roots do not negate the Nazi element of his government, adding some of the worst antisemites were Jewish.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday, May 1, that the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish does not exclude the possibility of Nazi elements in his country, reports the ynetnews. In a statement quoted on Reuters, Lavrov said that he believed Hitler also had Jewish blood. An Italian media also quoted him saying that some of the worst antisemites were Jews.

In February, Putin authorized “a special military operation” against Ukraine to eliminate what he called a serious threat, saying his aim was to demilitarize Russia’s southern neighbour. He asserts that his reason for invading Ukraine is to “de-Nazify” the country, claiming that part of the Ukrainian government was held by Neo-Nazi elements.

Lavrov claimed Zelenskyy was inconsistent in his positions and that the Ukrainians were sabotaging ceasefire negotiations. He added that Zelenskyy could bring about peace if he stopped giving criminal instructions to his Nazi forces.

The Yad Vashem Museum chairman Danny Dayan said „Lavrov’s words are unfounded, strange and dangerous and must be condemned”.

The Action and Protection League (APL) strongly condemns things said by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lavrov. “Adolf Hitler was in charge of the biggest genocide in the history of humanity, which claimed the lives of 6 million Jews. Identifying him with the Jewish people is an evil lie and is unacceptable. Using this distortion in order to link Hitler to the conflicts of our time is clear antisemitism and damages Holocaust remembrance”, claimed in a statement Tamir Wertzberger, Foreign Affairs Director of APL.