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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Putin and rejected Moscow’s Gaza war stance

New Delhi: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday and expressed displeasure over Moscow’s “anti-Israel” stance at the United Nations, an Israeli statement said, reports news agency Reuters. According to the statement, PM Netanyahu spoke to President Putin. and expressed “strong disapproval” over Russia’s “dangerous” cooperation with Iran.

The development comes after Russia supported a UNSC resolution for a Gaza ceasefire, which was vetoed by the United States on Friday. Moscow said it is ready to provide all possible assistance to reduce the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

“Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the key position of rejecting and condemning terrorism in all its forms. At the same time, it is extremely important that countering terrorist threats does not lead to such serious consequences for the civilian population,” a statement issued by the Kremlin said, Reuters reported.

According to the report, Russia’s Foreign Minister also said that an international monitoring mission should visit Gaza to take stock of the humanitarian situation.

It is noteworthy that the United Nations Security Council of 15 countries met on Friday to vote on the resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The proposal was introduced by the United Arab Emirates and supported by more than 90 member states. Thirteen Council members voted in favor of the resolution and the United Kingdom abstained.

The vote came after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the Council for a humanitarian ceasefire in the ongoing conflict and invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

“We are at a breaking point. There is a high risk of a complete collapse of the humanitarian aid system in Gaza, which would have devastating consequences,” PTI quoted Guterres as saying.

In his letter invoking Article 99, the UN Secretary-General said the attack by Hamas on October 7 killed more than 1,200 people, including 33 children, and injured thousands.

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