Israeli PM says Putin apologized for foreign minister’s Hitler remarks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly apologised to Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett for the controversial comments of Russian FM Sergei Lavrov.

According to the details, Bennett, after a call with the Russian leader, said he accepted the apology and thanked Putin for clarifying his position.

Bennett further said he asked Putin to consider allowing the evacuation of the besieged Azovstal steel works in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol.

Israeli PM added he made that request following an earlier conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and that Putin promised to set up a corridor for civilian evacuation.

Earlier, Israel has slammed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over “unforgivable” comments about Nazism and anti-Jewism – including suggestions that Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots – and demanded an apology from Moscow.

Summoning the Russian ambassador on Monday for “clarifications”, Israel said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder in the Holocaust.

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