Russia Criticizes US Amid Escalating Israel-Hamas Conflict

Russia coordinates Middle East policy with China amid escalating Israel-Hamas conflict, positioning itself as a potential mediator. A Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution demanding a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza was rejected on Monday.

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Geeta Pillai
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Russia Criticizes US Amid Escalating Israel-Hamas Conflict

Russia Criticizes US Amid Escalating Israel-Hamas Conflict

Conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group intensifies, Russia is coordinating its Middle East policy with China, a growing ally. On Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with China's special envoy for the Middle East, Zhai Jun, in Doha to discuss theescalating crisis.

Why this matters: The escalating conflict in the Middle East has far-reaching implications for global security and stability, and Russia's involvement could potentially shift the regional balance of power. As a major player in international politics, Russia's stance on the conflict could influence the trajectory of the crisis and have significant consequences for the region and beyond.

The Russian foreign ministry issued a statement affirming "the constant focus of Moscow and Beijing on close coordination of efforts in the interests of a political settlement of this and other crises in the Middle East and North Africa region." Russia positions itself as a potential mediator between Israel and Hamas, which sparked the current crisis with a surprise attack on October 7 that left 1,400 dead.

Israel's aerial assaults have claimed the lives of more than 3,500 Palestinians and injured over 12,000 since the conflict began, according to Gaza authorities. The mounting violence has captured global attention, with calls for a peaceful solution growing louder.

Moscow has attempted to shift some responsibility for the crisis onto the United States, Ukraine's most significant ally, which Russia invaded last year. On Monday, a Russian-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza was rejected, underscoring the ongoing diplomatic strains.

The conflict raging on, the international community watches closely, urging all sides to pursue dialogue to avert further casualties. The involvement of regional actors such like Russia and China in brokering a peaceful resolution is vital, since humanity longs for an end to the bloodshed and a restoration of stability in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia coordinates Middle East policy with China amid Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • Russia positions itself as potential mediator between Israel and Hamas.
  • Conflict has killed 3,500 Palestinians, injured 12,000, and displaced many more.
  • Russia's involvement could shift regional balance of power and influence crisis trajectory.
  • International community urges dialogue and peaceful resolution to end bloodshed.