Maria Zakharova Denounces Western Military Action, Promises Detailed Statement on Alleged Disregard for International Law
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Washington of intentionally heightening regional tensions to serve its own interests, with spokeswoman Maria Zakharova specifically pointing to recent Western airstrikes in Yemen. According to Zakharova, the military action targeting Houthi military assets is viewed as a move to escalate tensions in the Middle East.
The overnight airstrikes, led by the US and its allies, targeted dozens of locations identified as Houthi military assets. The action was reportedly in response to the Shiite movement’s attempts to disrupt maritime traffic in the Red Sea, posing a threat to Israel. The Houthis claimed responsibility for targeting ships linked to Israel in retaliation for the three-month siege of Gaza.
While multiple nations participated in the airstrikes, Zakharova singled out the United States as the primary driving force behind the military action. In a Friday morning social media post, she characterized the airstrikes as a demonstration of “total disregard for international law in the name of escalation of the situation for [Western] destructive goals.” Zakharova pledged to provide a more detailed statement later in the day.
The coordinated military intervention involved the US, the UK, and support from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Bahrain, according to US Central Command. The stated goal of the operation was to “de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea.”
Moscow has accused the US of obstructing international efforts to address the Middle East conflict by blocking proposed resolutions for a Gaza ceasefire at the UN Security Council. The ongoing conflict in Gaza, initiated by Israel in response to a deadly incursion by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in early October, has received military support from the United States, despite expressed concerns over civilian casualties.
Local officials report at least 20,000 casualties in the Palestinian enclave, constituting roughly 1% of its population. The situation continues to evolve, with tensions escalating amid international geopolitical dynamics.
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