Volodymyr Zelensky compared Lavrov’s comments to the ideas of Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister.(Getty)

Vladimir Putin apologises over Lavrov’s ‘Hitler was Jewish’ remarks, says Israel’s leader

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he accepted an apology from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Israel time, for controversial remarks about the Holocaust made by Moscow’s top diplomat.

The two leaders talked over the phone, after which an Israeli statement said Putin had apologised.

The Russian statement about the call made no mention of an apology. Instead, it said the leader emphasised the importance of marking the Nazi defeat in World War II, which Russia celebrates on Monday.

Bennett emerged as a potential mediator between Russia and Ukraine shortly after Moscow’s invasion. But that role was thrown into doubt this week when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made comments about the Holocaust that were deeply offensive to Jews.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia and Lavrov of employing Nazi propaganda and antisemitic tropes around its invasion of Ukraine, the Washington Post reported.

Zelensky compared them to the work of Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels during World War II.

“These are the showings of chauvinism and nationalism,” Zelensky said. “They are following the same concept of Goebbels and using the same methodology, and the reaction I think is to weaken the world to these phrases of Lavrov.”

Read the article by Joseph Krauss in The Sydney Morning Herald.