Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Says Putin Apologized for Lavrov’s Statement
16:56 GMT 05.05.2022 (Updated: 11:48 GMT 06.05.2022)
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TEL-AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apology for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement that Adolf Hitler had Jewish blood, Bennett’s office said on Thursday.
"In addition, they discussed the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The prime minister accepted President Putin's apologies for Lavrov's words and thanked him for clarifying the president's attitude towards the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust," the office said.
Earlier on Thursday, the Kremlin said that during a phone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for Lavrov's statement that Adolf Hitler had Jewish blood.
"We continue our confidential and friendly dialogue with our Israeli friends. The president is in touch with Bennet, they agreed to continue contacts," Peskov told reporters.
Earlier in May, Lavrov told Italian broadcaster Mediaset that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Jewish ancestry did not mean that there were no neo-Nazis in Ukraine or that there was no need for its "denazification." The foreign minister noted that Hitler also had Jewish blood and that, according to the Jewish people, the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews. The Israeli Foreign Ministry then summoned Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov for a clarification conversation with the deputy director-general for Eurasian affairs.
Putin Congratulates Bennett on Israeli Independence Day
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day during a phone conversation on Thursday, the Kremlin said.
"Russian President of Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett," the Kremlin said in a statement, adding that Putin warmly congratulated Bennett on the national holiday of Israel.
The sides also expressed interest in further developing friendly relations between the countries. Moreover, Putin and Bennett talked about the significance of the May 9 Victory Day for Russians and Israelis.
"On the eve of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, which is celebrated in both Russia and Israel on 9 May, Vladimir Putin and Naftali Bennet emphasized the special significance of this date for the people of both countries, who carefully preserve the historical truth about the events of those years and honor the memory of all the fallen including victims of the Holocaust," the Kremlin said.