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Russia says ‘every US veto’ on Gaza costs thousands of lives

April 18, 2024 at 6:17 pm

Permanent Representative of Russia, Vasily Nebenzya speaks during the United Nations (UN) Security Council Meeting on the Role of Young Persons in Addressing Security Challenges in the Mediterranean in New York, United States on April 17, 2024 [Selçuk Acar – Anadolu Agency]

Russia said, on Thursday, that each US veto on Gaza in the UN Security Council costs thousands of lives in the enclave, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Every American veto on Gaza is not just a voting statistic in the UN Security Council. We must not forget that it also had a specific terrible price – the lives of thousands of civilians in Gaza,” Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said in a Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Expressing that the current situation in the Middle East is escalating every day and drawing in new countries in the region, Nebenzya said humanitarian resolutions by the UN on Gaza cannot be implemented without a ceasefire.

Nebenzya said the US does not hide that it perceives the Security Council “as a hindrance that should not get in the way” of its diplomacy.

Russia calls for a vote for the resolution to accept Palestine as a full member of the UN, he added.​

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