‘We Can (Not) Do Whatever We Want’ – Lavrov Says ‘Holocaust Doesn’t Give Israel Impunity’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Soviet people were also subject to Nazi genocide, but Russia doesn’t have carte blanche in the global arena, Lavrov said in a press conference today. 

Israel should not think that the suffering of Jews during World War II gives it free rein in foreign policy, particularly when it comes to the hostilities in Gaza, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, according to Russia Today.

Speaking at a press conference on the results of Moscow’s diplomacy in 2023 on Thursday, Lavrov reiterated his support for the creation of a Palestinian state. 

The decades-long failure to do this is one of the key reasons for the current instability in the Middle East and tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, he added.

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The foreign minister noted that Russia had immediately condemned the attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7. However, after the war began, some Israeli officials went so far as to call the residents of Gaza “animals” without facing any backlash from the West, he added.

“Israelis can’t… now do anything they want because they suffered during World War II. Yes, there was the Holocaust, it was a terrible crime, but there was also the genocide of all peoples in the Soviet Union.”

Lavrov added that the Soviet people had suffered no less as they were exterminated in the same Nazi concentration camps as the Jews, with both people dying from starvation side-by-side in besieged Leningrad, RT reported.

“According to this logic, we can do whatever we want. That won’t work if we want to systematically uphold international law,” he added.

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According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 24,620 Palestinians have been killed, and 61,830 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Russia has repeatedly called for a ceasefire while urging Israel to respect the laws of war and its responsibility under international law.

RT contextualized the story by saying that “The Holocaust claimed the lives of around six million Jews in Europe. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union lost some 27 million people during the war, including many Jews, with two-thirds of those losses among the civilian population.”

(PC, RT)

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  1. The Zionists in ” Israel ” are there because they used religion to take land that was never theirs, enabled by Zionists from ‘ the West ‘ . Many ethnic Jews, choose to live outside Palestine. the Jews by religion, and the Zionist militant, politically motivated ones are the occupiers. the only answer is a ONE state solution. Palestine. let ” Israel ” go find somewhere else to go. but who would take them?

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