UNITED NATIONS, November 16. /TASS/. Since the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated in early October, the United States has been sabotaging a balanced UN Security Council document on the issue, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said.
"From the very beginning of the current escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, the US delegation has sabotaged any attempt to develop a balanced and depoliticized document aimed at taking real and urgent measures to de-escalate the situation. Our American colleagues on the Council justified the collective punishment and annihilation of the Palestinians, first of all the civilian population, under the slogans about the fight against terrorism and Israel's right to self-defense, effectively paralyzing the work of the main UN body for the maintenance of international peace and security," Nebenzya told the UN Security Council after it adopted a resolution on the Middle East.
In his words, Washington has consistently rejected draft resolutions demanding a humanitarian ceasefire.
The diplomat expressed his regret over the fact that "under pressure from Washington, the language of the resolution has been emasculated."
"The Council does not even demand humanitarian pauses, but only calls for them, which is a mockery of the Council's prerogative," Nebenzya said.