They called such a comparison shameful.
The European Jewish Congress expressed its shock and concern over the comments of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, who compared the support of Western governments to Ukraine with Hitler’s “final solution” .
This is stated in the JEC ‘s response to Lavrov’s statement that the USA formed a coalition of European states to solve the “Russian question” just as Hitler organized the “final solution for European Jews”.
“We are shocked and appalled by this disgraceful comparison made by Minister Lavrov between the actions of the coalition of democratic countries and Hitler’s persecution and murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust,” President Ariel Musikant said.
He called such statements a distortion of the Holocaust at the most basic level. “We call on Lavrov to apologize unequivocally and withdraw these comments. This is not the first time that the minister has used references to the Holocaust and Hitler. This must stop,” he added.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, noted on his page on the social network Facebook that Lavrov is honoring the memory of millions of victims of the Holocaust.
“The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation compared the Russians, who are waging a war of aggression, with millions of Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. It turns out that it is not Russian rockets that are shooting up residential buildings in Ukraine, but the West formed a coalition to solve the “Russian question”, Nikolenko said. .
In this connection, the spokesman emphasized: “We strongly condemn the shameful statement of Sergey Lavrov, which will defame the memory of millions of victims of the Holocaust.”
Nikolenko added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, had already drawn attention to the deep-rooted anti-Semitism of the Russian elites. “Modern Russia is full of hatred for other peoples,” the spokesman noted.
He also welcomed the quick reaction of the Jewish Congress of Europe. “We call on the Israeli authorities and Jewish organizations in the world to react to another statement by Lavrov,” Nikolenko added.
“At the Nuremberg Tribunal, Foreign Minister Ribbentrop denied his participation in the crimes of the Nazis, but this did not help him avoid punishment. Just as Lavrov will not avoid punishment by presenting himself and Russia as a victim,” the spokesman is confident.
Lavrov’s statements about Jews
The other day, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry spoke at a press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2022. He compared the actions of the USA and its European allies to the actions of Hitler, and the Russians to the Jews .
“Just as Napoleon mobilized practically all of Europe against the Russian Empire, as Hitler mobilized and captured, put most of the European countries under the gun and threw them against the Soviet Union, now the USA has formed a coalition of almost all Europeans who are members of NATO and the EU, and through Ukraine, by proxy, they are waging war against our country with the same task – the final solution of the “Russian question”, he said.
We will remind that in the spring Lavrov compared the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi with Hitler. He declared that Adolf Hitler had “Jewish blood” and that “the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.” This statement caused a wave of indignation in Israel and Ukraine.