Jewish Members Issue Statement Responding to Recent Antisemitic Remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Washington, D.C. - Today, Jewish Democratic Members of Congress issued the following statement in response to antisemitic remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The statement was issued jointly by Reps. Auchincloss, Bonamici, Cicilline, Deutch, Frankel, Gottheimer, Jacobs, Levin (CA), Levin (MI), Lowenthal, Manning, Nadler, Raskin, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schneider, Schrier, M.D., Sherman, Slotkin, Wasserman Schultz, Wild, and Yarmuth.

"The blatant antisemitism in recent comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is appalling but sadly not surprising. Lavrov, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian regime are doing everything they can to divert attention from their unprovoked, unlawful invasion of Ukraine and the failings of their military in the face of a heroic Ukrainian response.

Defaulting to antisemitic tropes, including blaming the Jews for the Holocaust and using the Holocaust to cover their own war crimes, reflects the gutless depravity of the Russian regime. Lavrov’s remarks on Italian TV were an affront to the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, the survivors of the Holocaust, their families, and the entire world Jewish community.”

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