‘Put an End to the Bloodshed’: Russia Calls for Ceasefire, Proposes UNSC Resolution

Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations has called for a humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza while blaming the United States and the European Union for “looming war” in the Middle East and “turning a blind eye” to Israeli attacks.

The Russian draft resolution, presented to the UN Security Council on Friday, calls for an “immediate” ceasefire and the secure release of all hostages, while strongly condemning “all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism”.

According to the Reuters news agency, The text was given to the 15-member council during a closed-door meeting on the conflict on Friday.

“We’re convinced that the Security Council must act to put an end to the bloodshed and restart peace negotiations with a view to establishing a Palestinian state as it was supposed to do so long ago,” Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reportedly said after the closed-door meeting of the Security Council on Friday.

According to France24, Nebenzia also blamed the United States for bearing “responsibility for the looming war in the Middle East,” and criticized European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen for “turning a blind eye to the Israeli air force attacks on civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.”

Israeli forces launched a brutal military campaign against Gaza, following a military operation by the Palestinian group Hamas in Israeli territories.

Israel has cut off water and electricity supplies to Gaza, further worsening the living conditions in an area that has reeled under a hermetic siege since 2007.

The number of Palestinians killed in the Israeli war on Gaza rose to 2,215 killed and the number of wounded to 8,714.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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