Lavrov had previously stated that “the most ardent anti-Semites are, as a rule, Jews” and Hitler had Jewish blood. The Israeli authorities demanded an apology. In a telephone conversation, Putin, according to Bennett's office, made these apologies alt=”Israel reported that Putin apologized for Lavrov's words about the Jews” />

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, apologized for Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's words about Jews and anti-Semitism, Bennett's office reports.

The Kremlin's message following the conversation between Putin and Bennett about apologies no information from the Russian president.

RBC sent a request to the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

Lavrov, in an interview published on May 1 by Mediaset, stated: “[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky puts forward an argument: what kind of Naziification can they have if he is a Jew. I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews. So he answered the question of how Russia can engage in “denazification” Ukraine, if its president— Jew.

Zelensky said that the words of Lavrov— “anti-Semitic attack” and the head of the Russian diplomatic mission “transfers the blame for the crimes of the Nazis to the Jewish people.” Bennet called Lavrov's statements a lie.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the Russian government should apologize to Israel and the Jewish people for the minister's words. Lapid called Lavrov's remarks “unforgivable and outrageous” and declared that they were “a terrible historical error.” “The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism” this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — he emphasized.

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Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar called Lavrov's statements shocking: “It would be nice if he apologized to the Jews and simply admitted his mistake.”

After the statement of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for clarification.

May 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response to the words of Lapid. It said that Israel was supporting Kyiv, where a “neo-Nazi regime” was taking shape and anti-Semitism “flourished”. The statements of the Israeli minister in the Foreign Ministry were called “anti-historical.” not a guarantee of protection against rampant neo-Nazism in the country, — confident in the ministry.

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