Putin in Israel put anti-Semitism and Russophobia on a par
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World Holocaust Forum in Israel put anti-Semitism and Russophobia on a par, writes with the BBC.
He stated this during the unveiling of the monument to the heroes and defenders of the defense of Leningrad "Memory Candle".
“Here, as in Russia, they are concerned about attempts to deny the Holocaust, revise the results of World War II, and whitewash murderers and criminals,” Vladimir Putin said.
He said that there are almost 1300 "blockades" living in Israel and their heroes are respected here.
“Here, as in Russia, they understand the importance of the lessons of the Second World War, do not allow the world to forget what national egoism, strife, assistance to any form of chauvinism, anti-Semitism and Russophobia leads to,” Putin said.
True, he did not specify on whose side and exactly what Russophobia is.
Later, Vladimir Putin made another speech during the main events of the forum.
In it, he recalled the decisive contribution of the USSR to the victory over Germany and the 27 million victims of Soviet citizens.
Putin also called on the countries - permanent members of the UN Security Council in 2020 to gather for a special meeting and discuss the situation with the world around the planet.
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The World Holocaust Forum was organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The President of Ukraine hesitated whether to go to the forum, because it was known in advance that he would not be given the word, as well as that Putin would have such a right.
In a similar situation, Polish President Duda canceled the planned visit due to the fact that the organizers did not agree to give him the floor. But the Polish leader did not want to sit and just listen to Putin’s speech without the ability to answer the potential accusations of the Russian leader.
In recent months, sharp historical disputes have arisen between Russia and Poland over the role of countries at the beginning of World War II because of Putin's accusations against Polish politicians of the 1930s of anti-Semitism.
Ukrainian politicians sharply criticized Zelensky for listening to Putin and acting as a kind of "silent crowd".
However, on January 23, it became known that the president’s team found a way not to be present directly during the speech of Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Zelensky and the Ukrainian delegation decided to transfer their seats in the hall during the speech of world leaders, including Putin, to people who survived the Holocaust.
At the same time, the President of Ukraine takes part in all other envisaged events of the forum.
On the eve of the Russian side said that Vladimir Zelensky wanted to meet with Vladimir Putin in Israel, the Ukrainian side did not exclude the same meeting on the sidelines of the forum.
At the forum, Vladimir Zelensky told reporters that Ukraine and Russia agree on a new exchange of prisoners.
In total, more than forty world leaders participate in the World Holocaust Forum. Representatives of France, Great Britain, the USA and Israel will also deliver a speech.
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