Moscow has hit back at the German Chancellor, accusing him of making fun of issues around a potential genocide.
The Foreign Ministry in Moscow was responding to remarks made by Olaf Scholz at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, where he appeared to dismiss claims that thousands of Ukrainian civilians may have been targeted in the bloody conflict in the country’s east.
Scholz hit out at a statement made earlier this week by Russian President Vladimir Putin following a summit between the two leaders, in which he said the events that have unfolded in the region amount to “genocide.”
According to Berlin’s leader, the assertion is absurd and “Putin is coming to argue that in Donbass there is something like genocide, which is really ridiculous, to be very clear on that.”
Later on Saturday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry hit back at Scholz’s claims, insisting that “it is not the place for German leaders to make fun of issues surrounding genocide.”