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Lavrov breaks cover after Putin apologised for his 'Hitler had Jewish blood' comment

NewsLavrov breaks cover after Putin apologised for his 'Hitler had Jewish blood' comment


Mr Lavrov on Friday attended a flower-laying ceremony in commemoration of former Soviet Union Foreign Ministry officials who died during World War Two.

It comes after Russia’s Foreign Minister sparked fury from Israel for claiming Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins.

The Kremlin on Friday declined to say whether Putin had apologised to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Israel lambasted Mr Lavrov for the comment, describing the remarks as an “unforgivable” falsehood that minimised the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.

Mr Bennett said on Thursday that Putin had apologised for the remark.

Mr Lavrov made the comment last Sunday when asked why Russia said it needed to “denazify” Ukraine if Volodymyr Zelenskiy was himself Jewish.

Russia’s Foreign Minister told Italy’s Rete 4 channel: “When they say ‘What sort of nazification is this if we are Jews’, well I think that Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it means nothing.”

After the call with Putin, Mr Bennett said he had accepted the apology and thanked the Russian leader for “clarifying his regard for the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust”.

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