Putin Criticizes US Handling of Middle East Crisis, Advocates for Palestinian Nation State

Russian President Points to Washington’s Failures in Conflict Resolution Amid Escalating Tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced his concerns over the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, attributing the recent surge in tensions to what he perceives as the United States’ inability to effectively address and resolve conflicts in the region. Putin’s comments come in the wake of last week’s surprise incursion by the Palestinian militant group Hamas into southern Israel, escalating an already volatile situation.

In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudan in Moscow on Tuesday, Putin highlighted the perceived shortcomings of US Middle East policies. He asserted, “I believe many would agree with me that it is a glaring example of the failures of the US Middle East policies.” According to Putin, the US attempted to monopolize the peace settlement process but failed to seek compromises acceptable to both parties involved.

The Russian leader accused Washington of pressuring both sides in the conflict and imposing its own solutions without considering the core interests of the Palestinian people. Putin emphasized that the primary interest of the Palestinians is the establishment of an independent nation state, a goal outlined in UN Security Council resolutions.

During the meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Putin expressed solidarity with Iraq in prioritizing the protection of civilians affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He asserted that both nations shared a commitment to minimizing harm inflicted on civilians by either side.

Putin’s remarks echo sentiments expressed by other senior Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who previously laid blame on the US for the renewed hostilities. Lavrov suggested on Monday that the quartet of Middle East mediators, which includes the US, Russia, the EU, and the UN, should take a leading role in peace talks. According to Lavrov, the US had sidelined this mechanism to “monopolize” the process for its own benefit.

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As tensions in the Middle East persist, Putin’s critique of US policies underscores the need for a comprehensive and inclusive approach to conflict resolution, emphasizing the core interests of the Palestinian people and advocating for the establishment of an independent Palestinian nation state.


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