Russia says it’s willing to end the Israel and Palestine crisis while blaming the US for the conflict.
In a statement on Tuesday, Russia said it was in contact with both Israel and the Palestinians and would seek to play a role in resolving the conflict between them.
Four days into the crisis that started with a deadly Hamas attack on Israel, the Kremlin did not present any concrete initiative but underlined the strength of its relations with both sides.
Moscow has long-standing historical ties with the Palestinians but also “a lot in common” with Israel, including the fact that many Israelis are former Russian citizens, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Therefore, we maintain relations with both sides of this conflict. We conduct contacts and take part in all the – unfortunately few – formats that are looking for common ground for a settlement and which do not work very effectively, as recent practice has shown,” he said.
“But nevertheless we intend to keep making efforts and play our role in terms of providing assistance to seek ways to a settlement.”
Moscow has said it is worried that the violence could escalate into a broader conflict in the Middle East.
Peskov said the Kremlin was trying to establish whether any Russians were among the hostages taken by Hamas.
“The necessary contacts are being made in order to understand whether this is true or not and what the future fate of these people is,” he said.
Peskov said a suggestion by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that it was in Russia’s interests to stoke war in the Middle East to weaken global unity had “absolutely no basis”.
“This is a long-standing conflict, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which has very deep roots, many deep contradictions. Many people know the backstory, but it is so deep that not everyone knows the nuances,” he said.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the US for the ongoing conflict.
Putin said on Tuesday the Israel-Gaza conflict showed the “failure” of Washington’s Middle East policy and called the creation of “an independent sovereign Palestinian state” a “necessity”.
The Russian leader made the comments while meeting Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Moscow, days after Hamas launched a massive attack on Israel.
“I think many people would agree with me that it’s a clear example of the failure of US politics in the Middle East,” Putin said.
He spoke of the “necessity to implement the decisions of the UN Security Council on the creation of an independent sovereign Palestinian state.”
Putin said the US had “tried to monopolize regulating (the conflict) but, unfortunately, were not preoccupied with looking for compromises that would be acceptable for both sides.”
The West had “not taken into account the fundamental interests of the Palestinian people,” he said.