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Russia slams Israel for providing Ukraine equipment to deal with nuclear accident

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova gestures while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova gestures while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova slams Israel after the head of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission said that Jerusalem had supplied Ukraine with equipment to help it deal with a possible nuclear accident.

“If the forefathers of the current Israeli elites knew that their direct descendants were sponsoring a regime that glorifies their murderers and the ideology of the Holocaust,” Zakharova writes in a Telegram post, repeating a Russian refrain that Ukraine is a Nazi regime.

According to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster, Zakharova’s remarks were in response to Israel Atomic Energy Commission Director General Moshe Edri’s statement to the recent General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In his speech, Edri said “Israel had this year donated equipment to Ukraine as part of Israel’s commitment to treaties to prevent nuclear accidents.”

The UN atomic watchdog has repeatedly expressed concern after Russia seized control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe, and fighting has continued to rage around it.

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