Thomas Nides called the statements of the Russian Foreign Minister about the President of Ukraine “insanely stupid.”
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides gave an extremely harsh assessment of the recent statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which Israel itself regarded as racist.
“Just two days ago, Foreign Minister Lavrov made some insanely stupid comments about Zelenskiy, and this was most strongly condemned by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Israel). Lavrov speaks like a man who is losing the war,” Thomas Nides said during an event organized by the Carnegie Endowment for international peace.
According to the U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Biden administration “communicates constantly, daily, and sometimes hourly” with the Israeli leadership on the topic of the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine:
“All the conversations [Israeli Prime Minister Naftali] Bennett had with Putin were coordinated and worked out with the [U.S.] administration. Everything we asked the Israelis to do, they did. We are confident that the role that Israel plays in relations with Ukraine fully coincides with the position of the United States.”
At the same time, the American diplomat noted that Israel is in a situation that has both advantages and vulnerabilities: “They have a unique position on both sides: they can influence Russia through their bilateral relations, and they are uniquely vulnerable because Russian forces are on their northern border. But there is nothing that we would not ask the Israelis, and that they would not fulfill. We are keeping pace with them in terms of our commitment to putting an end to this war.”
This comment by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel was made in response to the moderator’s question whether the ambassador does not think that Israel could do more for Ukraine. Recently, this problem has been raised in the U.S. media: the online publication Axios on Thursday reported, citing government sources, that the U.S. administration expects an increase in Israeli military assistance to Ukraine, despite the nuances of Israel’s relations with Russia.
Recall that last weekend Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the Italian TV channel Mediaset, said: “I may be mistaken, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites, as a rule, are Jews.” These words were made in response to a question from journalists about the compatibility of Russian statements that Nazis are in power in Ukraine and the fact of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Jewish origin.