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Opinion: Let’s set the record straight on Lavrov’s Hitler comments

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Jewish identity have occasioned shock, dismay, and outrage. In an interview on Italian television, Lavrov defended his country’s portrayal of Ukraine as a “Nazi” state, Zelensky’s background notwithstanding. “So what if Zelensky is Jewish?” he asked. “The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine.” Indeed, Hitler himself had “Jewish blood,” and “the most ardent antisemites are usually Jews,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Jewish identity have occasioned shock, dismay, and outrage. In an interview on Italian television, Lavrov defended his country’s portrayal of Ukraine as a “Nazi” state, Zelensky’s background notwithstanding. “So what if Zelensky is Jewish?” he asked. “The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine.” Indeed, Hitler himself had “Jewish blood,” and “the most ardent antisemites are usually Jews,” he said.

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