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16 May 2023, 11:36
Maria Zakharova

Scholz crossed the line by publicly shouting Nazi salute

Maria Zakharova
Maria Zakharova
Russia's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz crossed the line by publicly shouting the Nazi salute, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel on 15 May, BelTA has learned.

"Today Ukrainian and German media have circulated the footage of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz shouting the Nazi salute ‘Slava Ukraine' [Glory to Ukraine!] with Zelensky and (suddenly) Tikhanovskaya in the background. The poor education of the Western elites is no excuse. ‘Glory to Ukraine!' is a Nazi greeting," Maria Zakharova said.

"We have repeatedly raised this issue at press briefings and in our social media posts so hated by NATO officials. I will spell it out again for those living under a rock with a swastika. The slogan ‘Glory to Ukraine!' was coined as the official greeting of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists in 1939. Later, it was supplemented with a gesture in the form of extending the right arm from the shoulder into the air with a straightened hand and a response cry ‘Glory to the Heroes!'. It was the way Bandera collaborators saluted the Wehrmacht units that entered, clanking their tank caterpillars and squeaking their boots, the occupied lands, that drove through city streets and countryside roads of Ukraine. It is an exact copy of the German salute ‘Heil Hitler - Sieg Heil'!” Maria Zakharova noted.

"Olaf Scholz crossed the clear line drawn by the leaders of both post-war Germanys: he publicly shouted the Nazi salute. And he did it less than a week after the 78th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe," she stressed.

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