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Ukraine urges Jewish organizations to condemn Lavrov Holocaust comments

Ukraine's foreign ministry spokesperson urged Jewish organizations on Thursday to condemn comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov comparing Western measures against Russia to the Holocaust.

Lavrov said the United States had assembled a coalition of European countries to solve "the Russian question" in the same way that Adolf Hitler had sought a "final solution" to eradicate Europe's Jews.

"We call on Jewish organizations to condemn Sergei Lavrov’s shameful statement equating Russians, who are waging a war of aggression against a sovereign nation, with Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust," Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Twitter.

"Russia’s state-sponsored anti-Semitism must not be tolerated," he said.

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