Simon Wiesenthal Center: US Must Cut Off All Diplomatic Cooperation With Putin, Recall Our Ambassador

February 25, 2022

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a leading Jewish Human Rights NGOs, is urging President Biden to  immediately cut off all diplomatic cooperation with Russia on the Iranian Nuclear negotiations and Climate Change and to recall the US Ambassador from Moscow.

“It is incomprehensible that while millions of innocent Ukrainians are cowering in bomb shelters and subways when its government and institutions are being targeted for destruction, that the US State Department can still believe it can be diplomatic business as usual with Vladimir Putin’s regime. There can be no diplomatic niceties with Russia while its invading troops murder, maim, and displace, innocent Ukrainians,” declared Rabbi Marvin Hier, CEO and Founder and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the SWC.


“Serious sanctions are an important component of responding to Putin’s invasion, but those moves to isolate Russia are mocked by making believe that anyone can still trust any statement made by his foreign minister or his diplomatic representatives.”


“Were he alive today, our namesake Nazi Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, who was born near Lviv, and who emerged after World War II as the conscience of the Holocaust, would be leading the demand for the world’s democracies, led by the United States, to act decisively against the unprovoked attack by a superpower against a peaceful neighbor,” they added.


“President Biden should shut down all diplomatic interchange with Moscow, except for one—the one that would lead to an immediate cessation of Russia’s invasion and occupation of its neighbor, Ukraine,” Center officials concluded.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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