Russia accuses Israel of supporting "neo-Nazis" in Ukraine

Russia's foreign ministry has apparently accused Israel of supporting "neo-Nazis" in Ukraine, escalating a row that began when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured above with Vladimir Putin) claimed Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins, Reuters reports.

Israel said on Monday Lavrov's comment was an "unforgivable" falsehood that tried to minimise the horrors of the Holocaust - the slaughter of some 6 million European Jews and other minority groups by Nazi Germany.

Western leaders have denounced Lavrov, who had been asked how Russia could be pursuing its stated goal of "denazifying" Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelenskiy himself is a Jew.

Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement that Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's comments were "anti-historical" and "explain to a large extent why the current Israeli government supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv".

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