Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his regrets about the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and described it as a failure of the US policy in the Middle East.
Vladimir Putin made remarks about the current volatile situation in the Middle East as he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Al Sudani in Moscow to discuss relations between Russia and Iraq.
Commenting on the events that transpire in the Gaza Strip and at the adjacent Israeli territories, Putin described it as a "clear example" of the US foreign policy in the Middle East.
According to the Russian president, the US government actively sought to "monopolize" the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but instead of seeking a compromise, solutions that would have been acceptable for both sides, pushed their own vision of how this decades-old conflict should be resolved.
"The Ukrainian crisis continues, and, unfortunately, we see a sharp escalation of the situation in the Middle East. I think that many will agree with me that this is a clear example of the failure of the policy of the United States in the Middle East, which tried to monopolize the settlement, but, unfortunately, was not concerned with finding compromises acceptable to both sides, but, on the contrary, promoted its own ideas about how it should be done," Putin said.
The US put pressure on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, each time without taking into account the fundamental interests of the Palestinian people, the president said, referring to the need to implement decisions by the UN Security Council on the creation of an independent sovereign Palestinian state.
The Russian president emphasized the importance of carrying out UN Security Council decisions to establish an independent and soverign Palestinian state. Putin also pointed out the harmful effects of the United States' interference in Middle Eastern politics, which has caused pressure to mount on both parties with little consideration for the well-being of the population.
"The US put pressure on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, each time without taking into account fundamental interests of the Palestinian people."
The Russian President urged everyone involved to minimize harm to civilians in the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel within the confines of Gaza Strip. According to the last availiable data from Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of civilian casualties has risen to 704, with more than 3.9 thousand injured.
"Damage to civilians in Palestinian-Israeli conflict must be minimized and reduced to zero, Russia calls on all parties to do this."
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