UNITED NATIONS, October 26. /TASS/. Russia regrets that the UN Security Council has fallen short of expectation, despite Moscow’s efforts, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Wednesday.
"We regret that the Security Council has failed take another opportunity to respond to the unprecedented crisis in the Middle East <…>. It has fallen short of expectations. We did our best to help it," he said.
He also noted that the UN Security Council members were focused on their national agendas and failed "to be bold enough to demonstrate strategic wisdom and support the Russia-initiated draft."
After the UN Security Council failed to adopt either Russia-or Brazil-drafted resolution on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Moscow offered another document. The 15-provision draft incorporated some elements from both Brazilian and US drafts, including Russian amendments to the Brazilian version. In particular, it condemns the radical Palestinian movement Hamas’ attacks on Israel, and calls for an immediate ceasefire, the establishment of humanitarian corridors and the release of all hostages. It also contains a proposal to cancel Israel’s order on the evacuation of Gaza Strip residents to the south of the enclave.
On October 25, the UN Security Council did not pass the Russia-initiated draft resolution on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The document was supported by four out of the 15 Security Council members. The United States and the United Kingdom voted against, the rest abstained.
A resolution is adopted when supported by nine Security Council members and is not vetoed by any.