Putin apologizes to Bennett for Lavrov's comments

Vladimir Putin, Russian President

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# 05 May 2022 20:38 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that "the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews," said the office of the Israeli Prime Minister, APA reports citing TASS.

"They discussed the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The Prime Minister accepted President Putin's apologies for Lavrov's words and thanked him for clarifying the President's attitude towards the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust," the statement said.

In addition, Bennett thanked Putin for his congratulations on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Israel's Independence, the office added.

We are talking about the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs about "Nazification" in Ukraine. Among other things, he said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "puts forward an argument: what kind of Nazism can they have if he is a Jew." Lavrov objected to this that "this means absolutely nothing, the wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are, as a rule, Jews."

Bennett called Lavrov's words "an unforgivable and outrageous statement" that is untrue and carries an erroneous message. In addition, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to clarify the statement of the Russian Foreign Minister.

Later, the Chief Rabbi of the Russian Federation, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FEOR), Berl Lazar called Lavrov's statement "shocking", urging him to apologize to the Jews and admit his mistake. He added that in this case it would be possible to consider the incident settled.

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