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Russia accuses Israel of ‘supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine’

Israel National News reports: “Russia fired back at Israel Tuesday, doubling down on comments made by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier this week and accusing Israel of backing neo-Nazism in the Ukraine.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the Russian Foreign Ministry blasted Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), following Lapid’s condemnations Monday and Tuesday of Lavrov’s comments on Sunday comparing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Adolf Hitler and claiming Hitler had ‘Jewish blood’.

Moscow doubled down on Lavrov’s Nazi comparison, and accused Kyiv of ‘nurturing’ anti-Semitism.

‘Antisemitism in everyday life and in politics is not stopped and is on the contrary nurtured’ in Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Lapid’s criticism of Lavrov ‘anti-historical’, and said they explained ‘to a large extent why the current Israeli government supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.’

Shortly after the statement was issued, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) fired back at Moscow, tweeting that ‘There is no neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine’ Zelensky is not a neo-Nazi, and his Judaism has nothing to do with this. The Russian rhetoric which links the invasion of Ukraine with the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, with comparisons to Hitler, is a terrible lie. Shameless propaganda which also dishonors the legacy of the Holocaust. Therefore, Israel backs the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine against the cruel Russian invasion.’

On Sunday, Lavrov compared Ukraine’s Jewish president to Adolf Hitler, and suggested that Hitler had Jewish ancestry…”

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