February 5, Russian Foreign Ministry summons israeli ambassador over controversial remarks


Feb 5, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Russian Foreign Ministry has taken a firm stance against the newly appointed israeli ambassador, Simona Halperin, following her recent comments in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.


Halperin's statements have raised eyebrows and sparked diplomatic tensions between the two nations.


In the interview, Ambassador Halperin expressed her confusion over Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's perceived minimization of the Holocaust's significance. She also criticized Russia's response to Israel's genocide in Gaza, accusing Moscow of failing to support Israel's war crimes against Palestinian civilians.


The Russian Foreign Ministry swiftly summoned Ambassador Halperin to address her remarks. In an official statement, they labeled her comments as "unacceptable" and accused her of distorting Russian foreign policy approaches and historical realities.


The Ministry emphasized that her statements were an "extremely unsuccessful start" to her diplomatic mission, which should prioritize fostering bilateral relations for the benefit of both nations' peoples.


As tensions escalate, the international community closely watches how both countries navigate this delicate situation.