/ Go to the mediabank Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov takes part in an online BRICS meeting. File photo / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaMOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States is trying to monopolize all mediation efforts aimed at a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “Instead of working closely with the League of Arab States [LAS], the Americans are trying to monopolize mediation efforts and divert the dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis away from a political settlement, away from the creation of a Palestinian state and to substitute the implementation of UN Security Council decisions with talk of alleviating the socio-economic problems of the Palestinian population, about establishing some kind of ongoing contacts between Palestinians and Israelis to ensure daily security on the ground,” Lavrov told reporters after talks with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.AnalysisUS Main Instigator of Coups, Terrorism, and Assassinations Around World – Media Commentator18 August, 16:12 GMTGheit said, in turn, that the current escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a result of the parties’ failure to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions.Lavrov added that apart from stopping current bloodshed, the Palestinian problem must be studied and understood. “And it is necessary not only to urgently stop the fighting, to solve the problem with civilians, who, in huge numbers, are becoming victims of the current situation, but also to focus on the reasons why a solution to the Palestinian problem hasn’t been found for many decades, though there are direct, clear, and unambiguous decisions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said at talks with Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS) Ahmed Aboul Gheit.The Arab League chief, in turn, called for an immediate ceasefire to the current Israeli-Palestinian clashes.
Kremlin Concerned About Possible Escalation in Mideast
The situation between Israel and Palestine requires a peaceful resolution as soon as possible, since further violence risks spiraling out of control, which is dangerous for the region, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.Moscow is alarmed over the flare-up of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the official said, adding that the situation potentially may escalate further.WorldIron Dome’s ‘Inefficiency’ Revealed by Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Escalation – ExpertYesterday, 19:08 GMT”We are extremely concerned, we believe that this situation needs to return to a peaceful course as soon as possible, because the continuation of this round of violence certainly risks further escalation, and an upsurge of the conflict. This poses a great danger to the region, so we are extremely concerned,” Peskov told reporters.Russia maintains communication with the Palestinian authorities, since many Russian citizens live there, the spokesman noted.Peskov added that the active phase of war between Israel and Hamas needs to end first before discussing relations between Moscow and the Gaza-based movement.”Look, things have to get out of the active war phase there first. As long as there is an active phase of war there, it’s hard to talk about anything right now,” Peskov replied, when asked if the current situation can change relations between Russia and Hamas.