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Russia's Sergei Lavrov Compares Ukraine to Palestine

May 17, 2022

Source: Newsweek

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-sergei-lavrov-compares-ukraine-palestine-putin-israel-1706810

 

By JACK DUTTON

Published May 16, 2022

 

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Russia's Sergei Lavrov Compares Ukraine to Palestine

A video of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that for Russians to not lose sleep over the Ukraine war, they must imagine the eastern European country is "Palestine," has been shared by the Russian embassy in Geneva.

 

"When the United States declares that there is a threat to the United States 10,000 kilometers from the border of the United States, some people were grumbling, some were expressing their concern, but there was no hysteria like the one we witness today," he said in the video footage, shared on May 11. It is not immediately clear when it was recorded.

 

"When Russia, having warned for many, many years, that this is going to be a problem that we cannot tolerate a threat which NATO and the United States have been building just on our border, not 10,000 kilometers away," he said, laughing.

 

"You know, there was one interesting message I saw in Telegram from the Middle East. They say if you 'cannot sleep' because of the Russian conflict, there are some advices to calm you down. First, imagine this is happening in Africa. Imagine this is happening in the Middle East. Imagine Ukraine is Palestine, imagine Russia is the United States."

 

 

The video has picked up traction online, being viewed more than 80,000 times.

 

Newsweek has contacted Israel's foreign ministry for comment. Newsweek has also contacted the Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs.

 

The comments are likely to irk many Africans and Israel. Just last week, Lavrov was on a state visit to Algeria to deepen Russian ties with the North African country.

 

Only recently Israel's government was deeply offended by comments Lavrov made about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish, and Adolf Hitler.

 

In an interview on Italian television on May 1, Lavrov claimed that Zelensky being Jewish "does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine," repeating a line pushed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to justify invading Ukraine in February.



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