AA / Moscow
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Israeli mercenaries were fighting against Russia alongside the Ukrainian Azov Battalion in the city of Mariupol.
Zakharova claimed in a statement to Sputnik on Wednesday that Israeli politicians have recently amped up the media campaign against Russia.
The Russian spokeswoman ruled out that Israel was unaware of the presence of its mercenaries alongside the Azov Battalion in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
“I have personally reviewed videos and photos documenting the presence of Israeli mercenaries in Mariupol,” she explained.
Relations between Russia and Israel have been characterized by some tension in recent days, against the backdrop of a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which he said that “the greatest anti-Semites are Jews”.
Following this statement, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapid, demanded an apology from his Russian counterpart, describing what the latter had advanced as “an unforgivable scandal and a terrible historical error”.
*Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour
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