Putin blames US policy for escalating tensions in Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the failure of US foreign policy for the escalating tensions in the Middle East on October 10, Middle East Online reports. 

On October 7, Iran-backed Palestinian militant group, Hamas carried out a shock attack on Israel’s southern flank from the blockaded Gaza Strip. Officials from both sides stated that 800 and 560 were killed in Israel and Gaza respectively. 

During Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani’s visit to Moscow, the Russian Head of State said, “I think that many people will agree with me that this is a vivid example of the failure of United States policy in the Middle East,”. 

At the meeting the pair discussed several regional and international issues of common interest, notably highlighting the dangerous developments in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Putin stressed that Moscow is doing everything in their power to ease further tensions between Israel and Palestine. 

When discussing the US, the 71-year-old claimed that they had attempted to “monopolise” global efforts of achieving peace as well as rejecting the seeking of compromises which would be beneficial for both parties. 

The most powerful country on the planet, the United States gives 3 billion US Dollars annually in military aid to Israel as the occupation of multiple Palestinian territories continues. 

A day after Hamas’ attack, the US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin confirmed that America would supply munitions to Israel. 

Putin claimed that Washington had ignored the interests of Palestinians, including the need for an independent Palestinian state and that the Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. 

The long-serving Russian leader added that he remained in close contact with both sides of the divide as well as attempting to play a key part in finding a resolution. 

Middle East Online 

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