Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Anti-Semitic Attacks by the Russian Foreign Minister Serhiy Lavrov

The anti-Semitic attacks of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Serhiy Lavrov on the President of Ukraine and the Jews are absolutely unacceptable. Russia is already too deeply bogged down in uttering nonsense aimed at justifying barbaric aggression against Ukraine.

In fact, the Russian Foreign Minister questioned the existence of not only the Ukrainian nation but also the Holocaust. Lavrov deliberately insulted the memory of millions of Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis during the World War II. The Israeli Government has already called Lavrov’s statements a «terrible historical mistake».

“The deep-rooted anti-Semitism of Russia’s elites demonstrates to the world that putin’s Russia is purposefully cultivating «Russian supremacy» and hatred of other peoples. We must stop Russia together now, until its aggressive policy has led to even more catastrophic consequences”, stressed Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

We express solidarity with the Jewish people. We call on the governments of all countries to give a decisive response to Russia: further isolate it, impose an embargo on Russian oil and gas that will deprive the Russian military machine of financial resources, increase military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, whose people are now heroically resisting Russian evil.