MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s statements that he doesn’t support neo-Nazis run counter to his real actions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday.
"Regrettably, President Zelensky says that he cannot be a Nazi because he is of Jewish origin. But he pronounces these words on the days when Ukraine is demonstratively withdrawing from the agreement on the protection of monuments to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War (the Eastern Front during WWII where the former Soviet Union fought against Nazi Germany - TASS), which existed within the CIS. It is difficult for me to take Ukraine’s policy seriously when he personally patronizes the tendencies I have spoken about," he said at the International track of the Leaders of Russia contest.
According to the Russian top diplomat, Ukraine’s authorities are conniving at the manifestations of neo-Nazism. "Marches of neo-Nazi battalions with the insignia of Hitler divisions, SS divisions, torchlit processions involving the presidential regiments, training of militants at camps under the supervision of instructors from the United States and other Western countries take place with the connivance of civilized Europe and, of course, with the support from the authorities," he noted.