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Israel: President Putin apologized for Foreign Minister Lavrov’s comments regarding Hitler

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “has confidence” in relations with Israel, days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “Hitler was of Jewish blood”, sparking tensions between the two countries.

Office of the Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett On May 5, it was reported that in a phone call between the two sides, Russian President Vladimir Putin apologized to Mr. Bennett for his actions angry comment of the top diplomat in Moscow a few days ago.

“The prime minister (Israel) accepted President Putin’s apology for Mr. Lavrov’s comments and thanked him for clarifying the (Russian) president’s views on the Jews and the memory of the Jewish people.” Holocaust“, Mr. Bennett’s office said, according to the newspaper The Times of Israel (TOI).

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Putin discussed with Mr Bennett “historic memories, the Holocaust and the situation in Ukraine”, without mentioning an apology.

Earlier on May 5, President Putin sent a letter to Israeli President Isaac Herzog to “congratulate” him on Israel’s Independence Day.

“I am confident that Russia-Israel relations, based on the principles of friendship and mutual respect, will continue to develop in the interests of our two peoples, as well as contribute to the promotion of peace and security,” he said. in the Middle East,” Putin said, according to Herzog’s office.

Relations between Israel and Russia have been hit hard after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview on May 1, said that Adolf Hitler was of Jewish origin. Lavrov made such remarks when explaining Moscow’s efforts to “de-fascistize” Ukraine, where President Volodymyr Zelensky is also Jewish.

Israel – along with many Western nations – has harshly criticized Mr. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov was summoned by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on May 2 to explain what Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said was “unforgivable”.

The Russian Foreign Ministry later accused Mr. Lapid of making “statements against history” that “partly explain why the current Israeli government supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv”.

However, Prime Minister Bennett avoided directly criticizing Russia as well as President Putin as Israel sought to maintain flights over neighboring Syria, where Russian forces have great influence.

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